Waïl S Hassan



Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Affiliated with:

Department of French & Italian, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Centers for African, Global, Latin American and Caribbean, South Asian and Middle Eastern, European Union, and Translation Studies

Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Research Interests

  • Arabic and Arab Diaspora literatures
  • Arabic intellectual history
  • comparative literature
  • transnational studies
  • postcolonial and translation theory

Research Description

My current research focuses on the Arabic novel and on Arab literary and cultural relations with the Americas.


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UIUC (1998)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Comparative and World Literature
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, French and Italian

Recent Publications

Hassan, W. S. (2018). Geopolítica e os paradigmas da Literatura Comparada nos Estados Unidos. Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, 20(35), 2-9.

Hassan, W. S. (2018). Gibran in Brazil. In H. Zoghaib, & M. Rihani (Eds.), Gibran in the 21st Century: Papers of the 3rd International Conference (pp. 65-84). Beirut: Lebanese American University Press.

Hassan, W. S. (2018). Postcolonialism and Modern Arabic Literature: Twenty-First Century Horizons. Interventions, 20(2), 157-173. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2017.1391711

Hassan, W. S. (2017). Ancient tillage and a cup of rage, by Raduan Nassar. Review (United Kingdom), 50(2), 263-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/08905762.2017.1415023

Hassan, W. S. (2017). Arabic and the paradigms of comparison. In U. K. Heise (Ed.), Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report (pp. 187-194). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315227405

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