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Samuel England

Assistant Professor 

Ph.D. (1999) Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. (2011) 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 120: Literary Legacy of the Arabs
African 201: Introduction to African Literature
African 300: Arab Publics
African 300: Arabic Fiction and Falsehood
African 300: Modern Arabic Literature and the Press 
African 605: Cultural Geographies of Africa and the Middle East 
African 901: Imagining Islam




Selected Publications

   Medieval Empires and the Culture of Competition


Chapter in edited volume
“Drama and Multiculturalism in Crisis: Ibn Dāniyāl’s Shadow Play.” The Study of al-Andalus: The Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe. Ed. Michelle Hamilton and David Wacks. Boston and Cambridge: Ilex/Harvard University Press, 2017.

Book review
Review of Jonathan Holt Shannon, Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean. In Journal of Arabic Literature 48 (2017) 347-49.

“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