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Brian T. Edwards

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Brian T. Edwards teaches at Northwestern University, where he is an associate professor of English and comparative literary studies and Director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. He is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (2005) and co-editor, with Dilip Gaonkar, of Globalizing American Studies (2010). He has published numerous essays and Op-Eds in publications including Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, The Believer, McSweeney's, and leading scholarly journals. In 2009, he guest-edited a special portfolio for A Public Space on the next generation of Egyptian writing, which included new translations of Cairo-based writers and artists. Named a 2005 Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of NY under their Islam Initiative, a 2008 New Directions Fellow by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and a Class of 2015 Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Edwards’s research examines the ways in which Western perceptions about the Middle East and North Africa are shaped by cultural representations, including literature, cinema, media, popular culture, and higher education. In the past several years, he has focused on the creative work of young Egyptians, Moroccans, and Iranians and changing attitudes towards American culture in the 21st century. He has recently completed a book manuscript called After the American Century, which examines the circulation of American culture in the digital age, with particular attention to three cities—Casablanca, Cairo, and Tehran.

Selected Publications

  • Jumping Publics: Magdy el Shafee’s Cairo Comics," NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 47.1 (Spring 2014). Special issue: "Is the Novel Democratic?" Guest edited by Nancy Ruttenburg.
  • "Islam," in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition, ed. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler (New York: NYU Press). Forthcoming 2014.
  • New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies: Working Papers from Northwestern, edited by Brian T. Edwards (Doha, Qatar, 2013), 41,000 words. Contributors include: Jessica Winegar, Wendy Pearlman, Sonali Pahwa, Joe Khalil, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Henri Lauzière, Rebecca Johnson, Brian Edwards, Katherine Hoffman, and Kristen Stilt. Forthcoming late 2013.
  • "The World, the Text, and the Americanist," American Literary History 25.1 (Spring 2013): 231-246.
  • "Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock after the American Century: Circulation and Non-return in The American Scene and Strangers on a Train," in The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock, ed. Susan M. Griffin and Alan Nadel (NY: Oxford UP, 2012), 48-58.
  • "Logics and Contexts of Circulation," in A Companion to Comparative Literature, ed. Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011), 454-472.
  • "The Moroccan Paul Bowles", Michigan Quarterly Review 50.2 (Spring 2011): 191-209.
  • Globalizing American Studies, ed. by Brian T. Edwards and Dilip P. Gaonkar (University of Chicago Press, 2010), 344 pp.
  • "American Studies in Motion: Tehran, Hyderabad, Cairo," in Globalizing American Studies, ed. Edwards and Gaonkar (University of Chicago Press, 2010), pp 300-321.
  • Watching Shrek in Tehran”, The Believer, vol. 8, no. 3 (March/April 2010): 5-11.
  • "Cairo 2010: After Kefaya", ed. and intro. by Brian T. Edwards, A Public Space, Issue 9 (Fall 2009): 127-175.
  • Kiddie Orientalism”, The Believer, no. 54 (June 2008), 21-30.
  • American Studies in Tehran," Public Culture 19.3 (2007): 415-24.
  • "Marock in Morocco: Reading Moroccan Films in the Age of Circulation, ". Journal of North African Studies 12.3 (2007): 287-307. Special issue on North African cinema.
  • Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express, New Americanists Series (Durham, NC, and London: Duke University Press, 2005). 368 pp.
  • "Sheltering Screens: Paul Bowles and Foreign Relations," American Literary History 17.2 (Summer 2005), 307-34.
  • "Preposterous Encounters: Interrupting American Studies with the (Post)colonial, or Casablanca in the American Century," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 23.1&2 (2003): 70-86. Special issue: "Comparative (Post)colonialisms."
  • "Fanon's al-Jaza'ir, or Algeria translated", Parallax 8.2 (April-June 2002): 99-115.

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