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The research and teaching in our department includes historical and analytical approaches to language and rhetoric, academic and creative modes of writing, and the study of a wide range of literary and cultural traditions. Students and faculty in our department engage in critical analysis of the diversity and dynamism of various Anglophone environments around the globe, with a particular eye for how they are also embedded in transnational and translinguistic networks. Trained largely in the English-speaking world and teaching in English, our international faculty brings to the study of language, literature and writing a unique awareness of place.  The complexity of Lebanon’s cultural and linguistic situation informs many of the research projects we are pursuing.  Our students also bring to their studies a wide range of lived experiences ensuring that the study of language and literature in Beirut is a rich experience of crossing borders.

News and events
  • The American University of Beirut, the Center for American Studies and Research, CUNY's PhD Program in Theatreand Performance and the Theater Initiative at AUB are happy to announce an international conference on April 15, 17 and 18 entitled, "Latin America, al-Andalus and the Arab World." The opening event, taking place on April 15, will be a presentation of Federico García Lorca's stage play, Blood Wedding, in Arabic, with an English synopsis provided, in the village of Hammana. (Tickets for the play are available through Antoine's The remainder of the conference will take place at the American University of Beirut's campus, April 17, College Hall, Auditorium B1, 9 am - 5 pm,  April 18, Bldg. 37 (behind old Lee Observatory), conf. A, 9 am -5 pm, and you are most welcome to attend. The conference will include renowned scholars from Brazil, Latin America, the U.S., Puerto Rico, Spain and the Arab world. Please find the conference program attached. For additional information please contact: Robert Myers, 

  • The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The Department of English, The Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, and The Center for Middle Eastern Studies in coordination with Rusted Radishes cordially invite you to Tarjamat Series event 'Humphrey Davies in Conversation with Rana Issa Translating Untranslatables from the Arabic Tradition' on Tuesday, April 24, West Hall, Auditorium C at 4:00 p.m.

  • The Department of English in collaboration with The Center for Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and AUB Libraries cordially invite you to a Workshop on 'Textual Analysis Using Stylometry' that will be led by Dr. Maciej Eder  (24 -25 April, 2018). To attend this workshop, register here . (Registration is free of charge).

  • The Department of English cordially invites to a lecture ' A Forensic Examination of the Attempted Killing of a Film' by Ken Fero (The power of visual storytelling) on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 3.30 p.m., College Hall, Auditorium B1

  • Check out  the brochure of our undergraduate programs in Language and Literature here 
  • Check out  the brochure of our graduate programs in Language and Literature here
  • See the changes and additions to the Minors offered by the Department of English here 
  • See the curriculum revision and new requirements for MA in Literature here
  • Spring 2018 term begins on Monday, January 29, 2018; ends on Thursday, May 24, 2018


Highlights in the Department

You're Not Here, a new novel by Tariq Mehmood (forthcoming) published by Daraja Press, April, 2018.

Arab Women Voice New Realities is an anthology co-edited by Roseanne Khalaf and Dima Nasser and published by Turning Point Books, Beirut, 2017. The book features the Department's very own Rima Rantisi, Reem Shaaban, Amany Al Sayyed, Sima Qunsol, Fatima Bdeir, and Gabi Toufiq!

Rafa Nasiri: Artist Books eds. Sonja Mejcher-Atassi and May Muzaffar, ​Milan: Skira, 2016.

'Emerging Writing Research from the Middle East-North Africa Region' , a book includes chapters authored by a number of our colleagues: Literacy Narratives Across Borders: Beirut and Dearborn as Twenty-First Century Transnational Spaces by Rima Iskandarani, Malakeh Khoury, Zane Sinno, and The Dance of Voices: A Study on Academic Writing at AUB by Najla Jarkas and Juheina Fakhreddine. Edited by Lisa R. Arnold, Anne Nebel, and Lynne Ronesi. Publication date: January 9, 2017

'Song Of Gulzarina' a new novel by Tariq Mehmood, published by Daraja Press, Montreal, 2016.

'An Unsafe Haven' a new novel by Nada Awar was published by The Borough Press, Harper Collins, and was launched at the Edinburgh international Book Festival on August 18, 2016.

'You're Not Proper' a new novel by Tariq Mehmood was published by Hope Road, London, 2015. 

'SHIFTING NARRATIVES' A Reader For Academic Writing, edited by Zane S. Sinno, Lina Bioghlu-Karkanawi, Dorota Fleszar, Najla Jarkas, Emma Moughabghab, Jennifer M. Nish, Rima Rantisi, Abir Ward, was published by EDUCART (Middle East) 2015.

Contact Us
  • Department of English
    345 Fisk Hall
    Tel: +961 1 350000
    Ext: 4090/1
  • Department office hours:
    Fall and Spring Semesters: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Summer Session: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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