Hania A.M. Nashef is a professor in the Department of Media Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Kent in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree from Ohio State University in English Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Literatures also from OSU.  Prior to joining academic life, she worked in television in the UAE.

Her research interest is multidisciplinary, publishing on literature and media. Her publications have included articles on comparative, postcolonial/postmodern literature, media representations, and literary journalism.

Her most recent publication is Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness (Routledge: 2019).  Her monograph The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee (2009) was also published by Routledge. Her publications also include a number of journal articles on J.M. Coetzee and José Saramago. She has also published on Palestinian literature, film, Arab media representations and virtuality.  She is currently working on literary journalism and film in the Arab world.





Ph.D. English Literature, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK 2008 M.A. English Literature, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 1983 B.A. Double major in English and French Literature. Graduated Cum Laude, Dean’s Honors’ List, Honors in the Liberal Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 1982

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Journal articles:

“Songs of Nostalgia: Creative Activism and Exile in Elia Suleiman’s It Must be Heaven and Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road,” Regards, La Revue Des Arts Du Spectacle, 2023: 30 (73-90).

“Against Stereotypical Representations: On young Saudi directors,” Film International, 2023 20 (4), 84-97, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/5vha-ht43.

“J M Coetzee’s ‘Jesus’ Trilogy: A Search for Answers, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 2023: 35:1, 43-51, DOI: 10.1080/1013929X.2023.2167405.

“What Does a Nascent Film Movement of Popular Genres Reveal About Emirati Culture?” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2023: DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2023.2181921

“Suppressed Narrator, Silenced Victim in Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail,” Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies; 2022: 2 (1): 12-26.

“Giving a Face to the Silenced Victims: Recent Documentaries on Gaza,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2022: 9 (1): 120-138. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509208.2020.1818531

“Suppressed Nakba Memories in Palestinian female narratives: Susan Abulhawa’s The Blue Between Sky and Water and Radwa Ashour’s The Woman from TantouraInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 24 (4): 567-585. 2022: DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2021.1892513

Hania A.M. Nashef (2021) “The right to narrate”: Gazans contest popular geopolitics with film, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2021.1963311

“Suppressed Nakba Memories in Palestinian female narratives: Susan Abulhawa’s The Blue Between Sky and Water and Radwa Ashour’s The Woman from Tantoura.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2021.1892513

“Against a reading of a sacred landscape: Raja Shehadeh rewrites the Palestinian presence in Palestinian Walks, Prose Studies (2020): DOI: 10.1080/01440357.2020.1850168

“Giving a Face to the Silenced Victims: Recent Documentaries on Gaza” Quarterly Review of Film and Video (2020):
DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2020.1818531

“‘Nothing is Left to Tell’: Beckettian Despair and Hope in the Arab World,” Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui 31 (2019) 201–218. doi:10.1163/18757405-03102002

“Coming of Age in Troubled Times: Son of Babylon and Theeb.” Film International (2018): 16 (2): 24-32.

“Two memories: Darwish and Shehadeh recount their days under siege,”  Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism DOI: 10.1080/01440357.2016.1269452 (2017).

“Challenging the myth of  ‘a land without a people’: Darwish’s  Journal of Ordinary Grief and In the Presence of Absence,” The Journal of  Commonwealth Literature (2016).

“Virtuality and différance in the age of the hyperreal” Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 7:1 (2016).

“Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now,” Transnational Cinemas, 6:3 (2015).

“Specters of Doom: Saramago’s Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave,” Orbis Litterarum, 70: 3 (2015).

“أهلاً, hello and bonjour: a postcolonial analysis of Arab media’s use of code switching and mixing and its ramification on the identity of the self in the Arab world” International Journal of Multilingualism, 10:3 (2013).

“Abu Ghraib and Beyond: Torture as an Extension of the Desiring Machine” Altre Modernità 8 (2013). (Translated into Turkish in 2015 by Abdurrahman Aydin, “Ebu Gureyb ve Ötesi: Arzu Makinesinin Bir Genişlemesi Olarak İşkence,” http://www.demos.org.tr).

“Disconcerting Images: Arab Female Portrayals on Arab Television” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 14: 4 (2012).

“Songs and Words of the Arab Spring” Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter 10 (Autumn 2012).

“The blurring of boundaries: images of abjection as the terrorist and the reel Arab intersect” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4:3 (2012).

“The abject/the terrorist/the reel Arab—a point of intersection,” Global Media and Communication, 7:3 (2011).

“Baal and Thoth: unwelcome apparitions in J.M. Coetzee’s The Master of  Petersburg and Disgrace,” Ariel, 41:2 (2011).

“Becomings in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago’s Blindness,” Comparative Literature Studies, 47:1 (2010).


“Elia Suleiman: a Reluctant Star” in Arab Stardom: Transnational Glamour and Empowerment, Eds. Kaya Davies Hayon and Stefanie Van De Peer, NY: Bloomsbury Academcy, 2024.

“Canines: Unlikely Protagonists in the Novels of Coetzee, Saramago and Shibli,” in A Responsibility to the World: Saramago, Politics, Philosophy, Eds. Burghard Baltrusch, Carlo Salzani & Kristof K. P. Vanhoutte, Berlin: Frank & Timme GmbH, 2023.

“Testimonies of War: Reportages by Samar Yazbek and Atef Abu Saif,” in The Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism, Eds. John S. Bak, Bill Reynolds, London/New York: Routledge, 2023.

“‘To have been and no longer be’: The Angst Towards Death in Darwish’s Mural and Saramago’s Death at Intervals,” in Saramago After the Nobel: Contemporary Readings of José Saramago’s Late Works, Eds. Paulo Medeiros, José Ornelas, Oxford: Peter Lang (2022).

“Waiting for the Arrivant: Godot in Two Poems by Nizar Qabbani,” in Samuel Beckett as World Literature, Eds. Thirthankar Chakraborty, Juan Luis Toribio Vazquez, New York: Bloomsbury (2020).

“Virtual Space: Palestinians negotiate a lost homeland in film,” in Reimagining Communication: Experience, Eds. Michael Filimowicz, Veronika Tzankova, New York: Routledge (2020).

“Resisting the cul-de-sac in Disgrace, Master of Petersburg and Life & Times of Michael K,” in J.M. Coetzee: Dead Ends and Beyond, Eds. Ludmila Gruszewska-Blaim, Tomasz Wisniewski, Gdansk, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego (2016).

“Let the Demon in: Death and Guilt in The Master of Petersburg ,” in Travelling Texts: J.M. Coetzee and Other Writers , Eds. Kucala, Bozena and Robert Kusek, Oxford: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (2014).

“Not to Get Lost in the Loss”: Narrating the story in Barghouti’s I was born there, I was born here  and in Rohan’s The Olive Grove—A Palestinian Story,” Culture of Rites/Rights of Grief  Eds. Zbigniew Bialas, Pawel  Jedrzejko and Julia Szoltysek, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wygnanie jako trwał e rozdarcie. „Ż ycie i czasy Michaela K” oraz wspomnienia Mahmouda Darwisha.” In Wielcy artyści ucieczek. Antologia tekstów o Życiu i czasach Michaela K Johna Maxwella Coetzeego w trzydziestą rocznicę publikacji powieści , edited by Piotr Jakubowski, Malgorzata Janowska, 421-442. Kraków: korporacja ha!art.

“Jordan Unrest: Did Royal Twittering Absorb Some of the Anger?” in Social Media Go to War : Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter  Ed. Ralph D. Berenger, Marquette Books LLC.

“Barbaric Space: Portrayal of Arab Lands in Hollywood Films,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa : A Postcolonial Outlook. Eds. Mounira Soliman & Walid El Hamamsy, Routledge.


Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness (New York: Routledge, 2019).

The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee (New York: Routledge, 2009).


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