The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of English

Luma Balaa

Dr. Luma Balaa is an associate professor of English studies in LAU’s Department of English. She teaches literature courses at the undergraduate, B.A. and M.A. levels.

Her research interests are fairytales, gender studies, women’s writings and Anglo-Lebanese Exile Literature. Dr. Balaa is a member of MLA (Modern Language Association).

Selected publications

Selected articles in international and refereed journals:

  1. Balaa, Luma (2018). El Saadawi Does Not Orientalize the Other in Woman at Point Zero. Journal of International Women’s Studies, August. (Forthcoming-accepted)
  2. Balaa, Luma (2018). Exploring Thirdspace in Nada Awar Jarrar’s Unsafe Heaven. Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/ New Zealand Literature (Forthcoming-accepted).
  3. Balaa, Luma ( 2015). Review of book: Hout, Syrine. Post-war Anglophone Lebanese Fiction: Home Matters in the Diaspora.” Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Hardcover.” Ariel journal:A Review of International English Literature.
  4. Balaa, Luma (2015).   Exile, Return and Nationalism in A Goodland. Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/ New Zealand Literature., 29(25), 91-104.
  5. Balaa, Luma. (2014)Why insanity is not subversive in Hanan Al-Shaykh’s Short Story Season of Madness. Australian Feminist Studies Journal.29 (82), 480-499.
  6. Balaa, Luma (2013). Misuse of Islam in El-Saadawi’s God Dies by the Nile from a feminist perspective. Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 11(2&3).
  7. Balaa, Luma (2013). Men’s Contradictory Experiences of Power in Jarrar’s novel Dreams of Water.Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/ New Zealand Literature, 27 (2), 205-211.
  8. Balaa, Luma (2012). Children’s Response to Hoodwinked, the movie. Looking Glass Journal: New Perspectives in Children’s Literature, 16 (2).
  9. Balaa, Luma (2012). The comic disruption of stereotypes in Loubna Haikal’s Seducing Mr. Maclean. Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/ New Zealand Literature, 26(2),173-180.
  10. Diab, Rula L. & Balaa, Luma (2011). Developing Detailed Rubrics for Assessing Critique Writing: Impact on EFL University Students’ Performance and Attitudes. TESOL Journal, 2 (1), 52-72.

Academic degrees


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