Arabic Language, Modern Arabic Literature, Arab Cinema, Syrian Literature, Culture/s of the Arab Spring
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Texas at Austin
Professor Firat teaches Arabic, modern Arabic literature, Arab cinema, and culture and dissent courses at Temple. She spent spring 2013 in Amman at the University of Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar for her research project, “The Tangle of Historical Literature: A Study of Three Contemporary Jordanian Novels." She recently returned to Amman thanks to a NeMLA research grant to work on a project with a Syrian colleague on the Syrian animated series, "Tamer Hindi."
Additionally, Firat is a literary translator. Her translations can be found in The Book of Gaza; Beirut 39; Words without Borders; New Voices of Saudi Arabia, The Poetry. She is also the translator of Khalil Sweileh’s award-winning novel Writing Love.
Forthcoming 2019. Generations of Dissent in Literary and Cinematic Productions of North Africa Middle East. Co-edited with Shareah Taleghani. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
2017. “Re-formed Discourse: Papers/Awrāq of the (new) Syrian Writers’ Association (rābiṭah al-kuttāb al-surīyīn),” Alif 37 (1-26).
2015. “Cultural Battles on the Literary Field: From the Syrian Writers Collective to the Last Days of Socialist Realism in Syria” Middle Eastern Literatures 18:2 (153-176).
Forthcoming 2019. “Introduction” Generations of Dissent in Literary and Cinematic Productions of North Africa Middle East. Edited by Alexa Firat and Shareah Taleghani, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Forthcoming 2019. “The Exilic Condition and Resistance in Jordanian Literature,” Generations of Dissent in Literary and Cinematic Productions of North Africa Middle East. Edited by Alexa Firat and Shareah Taleghani, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
2019. “The Symbolic Power of Syrian Collective Memory since 2011,” Arab Cultural Fields in Crisis. Edited by Richard Jaquemond and Felix Lang, London: I.B. Tauris.
2017. “Syria,” The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Novelistic Traditions. Edited by Waïl S. Hassan, New York: Oxford University Press.
Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd Edition.
“Khalil Mardam Bey”
Reviews in Arab Studies Journal; Global Literatures in Libraries Initiative; Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World; Middle Eastern Literatures; Journal of Arabic Literature; Jadaliyya e-zine; Syrian Studies Association Bulletin
Arabic Elements, Intermediate, Advanced
Arab Women Writers
Lens on Society: Arab Cinema
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Culture, Politics and the Art of Dissent in the MENA Uprisings
Gen Ed: World Society in Literature and Film (F 18)