Arab-American literature; Global Arab literature; migration; gender studies and women’s writing; interculturality;
At Bard, I direct the Middle Eastern Studies program, and teach courses on Arabic language and literature, literary theory, the global cultural cold war, empire and Arabic literature, the 19th and 20th century Arabic Nahḍah, 1001 Nights, Arabic poetry, and Palestinian literature. I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature, and am the author of Fictitious Capital: Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel (Fordham 2017). I am presently finishing a second monograph, Imperious Plots: Arabic Literature in the Cold War.
Comparative Literature. Arabic Literature. English Literature. Interdisciplinary literary criticism. Prison Literature. Modernism/Postmodernism. Arab Christian Poets. Translation of poetry. Visual arts in the Arabian Gulf region.
Narrative, Visual Culture, Visuality, Sexual Identity, Gender Studies, Arabic Literature, African American Literature, Race Studies, Urban Studies, Modernity
Comparative Literature, Philosophy of Literature, Visual Literacy, Literary Translation, World Literature, Cognitive Poetics, Arabic Literature and Culture, New England Poets, Conceptual Thought, Metaphors for Reading, Ethics of Reading, Book History, Calligraphy
Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology
– “Dark Humor in Hasan Blassim’s Short Stories.” Journal of Arabic Literature. Forthcoming.
– “The Limits of Sudanese Cosmopolitanism in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley.” In Cosmopolitanism, Ltd.: The Forms of Belonging in Contemporary Literature. Eds. Aleksandar Stevic and Philip Tsang. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming.
– “Beyond Colonial Binaries: Amicable Ties among Egyptian and European Scholars, 1820-1850.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. Special issue on “Friendship: Writing on Friends, Writing to Friends.” 36 (2016):44-68….
Research interests include comparative and world literature; global Anglophone; cultural encounters and travel literature between East (Near East and South Asia) and West; race in global Arab literature; satire and dark homour; postcolonial and postmodern theory.
Levi Thompson holds a BA in History and Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he grew up in the Appalachian Mountains. He has an MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Arabic Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. His dissertation, Speaking Laterally: Transnational Poetics and the Rise of Modern Arabic and Persian Poetry in Iraq and Iran (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3bq9v3sc), brings together the theoretical richness of Comparative Literature and the philological rigor of Area Studies to critically investigate the development of literary modernism in the Middle East. After completing his PhD in 2017, Levi was the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center at Brown University, where he was a member of the Pembroke Seminar organized on the topic “The Cultures of Pacifism.” While at Brown, he transformed a dissertation chapter into the forthcoming article “An Iraqi Poet and the Peace Partisans: Transnational Pacifism and the Poetry of Badr Shākir al-Sayyāb,” to appear in College Literature. He is currently working on several projects, including a book manuscript tentatively titled Re-Orienting Modernism: East-East Poetic Exchange in Arabic and Persian, a book chapter about the Iranian leftist poet Aḥmad Shāmlū for a collection on Persian literature as world literature, and translations of poetry and prose by the Syro-Palestinian poet Ramy al-Asheq, among others. Levi teaches courses covering modern Middle Eastern literature, cinema, and culture more broadly, with a focus on the Arabic- and Persian-speaking worlds during the twentieth century. While studying Arabic in Cairo during the 2011 uprising, Levi co-founded Tahrir Documents, a digital archive of paper ephemera distributed by protestors in Tahrir Square which a group of volunteers collected, translated into English, and made available online.
Arabic language and literature, Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning Strategies
…Arabic Literature & Islamic Studies, Lecturer in Foreign Languages…