PhD, Université de Montréal, Québec (2004)
MA, Université de Montréal, Québec (1999)
BA, Université de Manouba Tunisia (1997)



Additional Books

  • Gana, N. Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning, Bucknell.University Press, 2011.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Rap and Revolt in the Arab World,” Social Text 30.4 (2012): 25-53.
  • “Enduring Left Melancholia: Mahfouz’s The Beggar and the Nasserite Intellectual,” in MLA Approaches to the Works of Naguib Mahfouz, eds., Waïl S. Hassan and Susan Muaddi Darraj (MLA 2012): 65-84.
  • “War, Poetry, Mourning: Darwish, Adonis, Iraq,” Public Culture 22.1 (2010): 33-65.
  • “Formless Form: Elias Khoury’s City Gates and the Poetics of Trauma,” Comparative Literature Studies 47.4 (2010): 504-532.
  • “Bourguiba’s Sons: Melancholy Manhood in Modern Tunisian Cinema,” The Journal of North African Studies 15.1 (2010): 105-126.
  • “Everyday Arabness: The Poethics of Arab Canadian Literature and Culture,” CR: The New Centennial Review 9.2 (2009): 21-44.
  • “Introduction: Race, Islam, and the Task of Muslim and Arab American Writing,” PMLA 123.5 (2008): 1573-1580.
  • “In Search of Andalusia: Reconfiguring Arabness in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent,”Comparative Literature Studies 45.2 (2008): 228-246.
  • “Reel Violence: Paradise Now and the Collapse of the Spectacle,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 28.1 (2008): 20-37.
  • “The Vicissitudes of Melancholia in Freud and Joyce,”James Joyce Quarterly 44.1 (2007):95-109, [Reprint in Short Story Criticism, forthcoming].
    “Of Contrapuntology: Said’s Freud.” Theory & Event 7.2 (2004).
  • “Revolutionaries without a Revolution: The Case of Julia Kristeva,”College Literature 31.4 (2004):188-202.
  • “Remembering Forbidding Mourning: Repetition, Indifference, Melanxiety, Hamlet,”Mosaic 37.2 (2004): 59-78.
  • “Beyond the Pale: Toward an Exemplary Relationship between the Judge and the Literary Critic,”Law and Literature 15.3 (2003): 313-343.
  • “The Poetics of Mourning: The Tropologic of Prosopopoeia in Joyce’s “The Dead.”American Imago 60.2 (2003): 159-178.
  • “Horizons of Desire, Horizons of Mourning: Joyce’s Dubliners.” Études Irlandaises 28.1 (2003): 25-43.
  • “The Specter of Relativism: A Critical Review of Norman Holland’s Models of Reader-Response,” Modern Criticism, eds. Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, (2002), 25-59.
  • “Toward an Exemplary Relationship between the Judge and the Literary Critic,” Modern Criticism, eds. Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2002), 209-243.
  • “Donne Undone: The Journey of Psychic Re-Integration in Wilson Harris’s Palace of the Peacock,” Ariel 32.1 (2001): 153-170.
  • “Forbidden Otherness: Jane’s Plain Regress,” The Atlantic Literary Review 2:1 (2001): 1-23. [On Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre]


  • Review of Akher film/Making-Of by Nouri Bouzid, Farafina 15 (2008),“Remapping Africanness” special issue.
  • Review of De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage, International Fiction Review 34.1&2 (2007): 196-98.
  • Review of Symbolic Loss: The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century’s End by Peter Homans. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 10.2 (2005): 225-28.
  • Review of Eros in Mourning by Henry Staten. Cultural Critique 61 (2005): 224-230.
  • Review of The Work of Mourning, by Jacques Derrida. SubStance 32.1 (2003): 150-155


Honors & Awards

Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship
Rackham Faculty Research Grant from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
UCLA Faculty Research Grants


  • Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars (Arabic 19)
  • Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory (Comparative Literature 100)
  • Modern Arabic Literature (Arabic C141/C241)
  • Contemporary Arab Film and Song (Arabic/Comparative Literature M148)
  • Modern Arabic Literature in English (Arabic M151/Comparative Literature M167)
  • Modern Arabic Literature (Arabic C141/C241)
  • Modern Arab Thought (Arabic/Comparative Literature M288)