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Samira Aghacy

Dr. Samira Aghacy has more than two decades of service as an LAU associate professor, chairperson and dean.

Prior to LAU, she taught English literature at the University of Jordan and the Lebanese University, and served as chair of the Department of English at the Lebanese University for three years. At LAU, she taught courses in English and comparative literature, and served as chairperson of the Department of Humanities for several years.

Her current research focuses on contemporary Lebanese and Arabic literature. She has published numerous articles in international refereed journals such as the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Edebiyyat, and Journal of Arabic Literature. She has also reviewed numerous articles submitted to international and Arab scholarly journals.

She is in the process of publishing a book on Arab masculinity in fiction by Syracuse University Press.

Dr. Aghacy is a member of several professional organizations including the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the Modern Language Association (MLA), British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), and the Association of Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities Arab (APETUS).

Selected publications


  1. Review  of Abir Hamdar’s book The Suffering Female Body (2014)  accepted by The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).
  2. “Masculinity and Spatial Trajectories in the Contemporary Arabic Novel.” Cairo Papers in Social Science, 33, 1(2014), 74-88.
  3. “Contemporary Lebanese Fiction: Modernization Without Modernity,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38 (2006), 561-580.
  4. “Domestic Spaces in Contemporary Lebanese Fiction: Entrapment or Liberation?” Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative. Ken Seigneurie, ed.  Berlin: Reicher and Verlag, 2003, 83-99.
  5. “A Voice Out of Silence: Disruptive Strategies in Souad Al-Sabah’s Love Poetry.” A Miaret on the Gulf: Su’ad Al-Sabah. Vol. II Ed. Mohamed Youssef Najem, 2002, 605-622.
  6. “Lebanese Women’s, Fiction: Urban Identity and the Tyranny of the Past.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 33 (2001), 503-523.
  7. “To See with the Naked Eye: Problems of Vision in Hassan Daoud’s Mathilde Building,” Journal of Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures. Vol. 3, No. 2, (July 2000), 205 - 217.
  8. “Rashid al-Daif’s Learning English: Addictive Interpretation.” Edebiyyat. Vol. 10 (November 2000), 219-242.
  9. “Hoda Barakat’s The Stone of Laughter: Androgyny or Polarization?” Journal of Arabic Literature, 19 (October/December, 1998), 185-201.
  10. “The Use of Autobiography in Rashid al-Daif’s Dear Mr. Kawabata” in Writing the Self, eds. Robin Ostle et al. London: Saqi Books, 1998, 217-228.
  11. “Elias Khoury’s The Journey of Little Gandhi Fiction and Ideology.” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 28 (May 1996), 163-176.
  12. “Rashid El-Daif’s “An Exposed Space Interval Between Drowsiness and Sleep: Abortive Representations.” Vol.27 No.3, Journal of Arabic Literature. (October 3, 1996),193 -203.
  13. “The  Carnival of Poetry and the Prison House of Realities,”  Bahithat,  (1995), 23- 32. (In Arabic).
  14. “William Allingham: Cold Words Hiding Life in their Veins.” The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, VI (May 1986), 60-69. 
  15. “Incorrect References to William Allingham,” Notes and Queries, XXX (August 1983), 296-298.
  16. “The Relation between D.G. Rossetti and William Allingham.” The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, III (May 1983), 102-110.


  1. Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in Modern Arabic Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
  2.   Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Near East Since 1967: Syracuse Syracuse University Press, 2009.
  3. A Spike Unleashed: Poems. Kolns, Germany, Al Kamel, 1994.
  4. The “Preface” to the Bibliography reappeared in Eire-Ireland, Spring 1987, 155-157.   
  5. A review of the Bibliography came out in Hermathena, Summer 1985.   
  6. William Allingham: An Annotated Bibliography. Beirut: Lebanese Establishment for Publishing and Printing Services, 1984.

Academic degrees


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