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Samuel England

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

B.A. Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Office: 1404 Van Hise
Phone: (608) 262-5758

Samuel England's specializations and research interests include Classical Arabic poetry and prose, ‘Abbasid court culture, medieval Spanish translation of Middle Eastern texts, and Iberian lyric. He also writes and teaches on modern Arabic literature, in particular Egyptian and North African fiction.

Selected Courses Taught
African Languages & Literature 300: Modern Arabic Literature and the Press - Con Artists in Arabic
African Languages & Literature 120: Literary Legacy of the Arabs
African Languages & Literature 901: Imagining Islam

Selected Publications
“Since Le Cid in their Tongue is the Same as Lord,” Forthcoming, Mediterranean Studies, Spring 2013
“Morocco, Latin America, and the Problem of Reading,” Middle Eastern Literatures 15:2, August 2012
“The Limits of Language in mujūn and the Cantigas d’escarnho,” VII Estudios de Frontera: Islam y Cristiandad, 2008 

Current Projects
Book monograph on literary court cultures of the late ‘Abbasid Empire and thirteenth-century Castile