Nevine El Nossery

Position title: Associate Professor


Phone: (608) 262-7940

660 Van Hise


  • PhD’00 Université de Montréal
  • MA’95 Cairo University
  • BA’90 Cairo University


Nevine El Nossery is an Associate Professor of African Cultural Studies and Francophone Studies, the Director of the Middle East Studies Program, and an affiliate faculty member in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include Francophone Literatures and Cultures (with a focus on North Africa and second and third generations’ cultural production in France); Postcolonial Studies; art and politics; Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures.


Given that I was born in Egypt, studied in Canada, and now work in the US, I have known firsthand the experience of being “in-between” countries, languages, and cultures. My research interests as well as my teaching are shaped by these concepts, with a particular focus on women’s creativity and how they rewrite/archive history and politics through art.

My first monograph, Témoignages fictionnels au féminin. Une réécriture des blancs de la guerre civile algérienne (Rodopi Press, 2012) examines the historical, theological and political rationales behind the resurgence of violence against the Algerian population during the civil war, in order to show its implications on writing. My second book project, tentatively entitled Women, Art and Revolutions, explores the various creative forms and genres (graffiti, street performances, and literary texts) embraced by Tunisian and Egyptian women to stimulate political and social consciousness and to invigorate critical thinking, knowledge and creativity, which they increasingly use as social tools to inform and shape institutions, politics, and culture. My co-edited volume, The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013) draws together examples from throughout the Francophone world, including countries such as Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Rwanda, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, New Caledonia, Quebec and France, and across genres such as autobiography, poetry, theater, film, fiction and visual art to provide a cohesive analysis of the representation of trauma. The volume does not question if suffering is representable, but rather examine to what extent art surpasses its own limitations. My second co-edited volume, Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinements et renégociations (Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2012) explores the impact of multiple and moving spaces and temporalities on identity formation. The volume comprises twelve articles and an introduction my co-editor and I wrote, that retraces the different historical and social facets of mobility inherent to feminine migrant writing in different geographic zones such as the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Quebec and France.

Selected Publications

Monographs and Co-edited volumes

  • Témoignages fictionnels au féminin. Une réécriture des blancs de la guerre civile algérienne, Rodopi, 2013.
  • The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013 (co-edited with Amy Hubbell).
  • Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinements et renégociations. Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2012 (co-edited with Anna Rocca).


  • “Poésie-danger or the Pleasure of Contestation in Assia Djebar’s Far from Madina,” in Voices of Freedom from Asia and the Middle East, SUNY Press (forthcoming).
  • “La folie et la mort de Ken Bugul ou l’écriture du débordement” in L’Érudit franco-espagnol (forthcoming).
  • “Fissures of Trespass: Women as Agents of Transgression amid National Disenchantment” in State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa. Enchantings, edited by Tejumola Olaniyan. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2017): 135-154.
  • “Texte et photographie ou le devenir mémoriel dans Un amour de tn : Carnet photographique d’un retour au pays natal après la révolution de Dora Latiri,” Women in French, 24 (2016): 84-97.
  • “Women, Art, and Revolution in the Streets of Egypt.” In Women Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring, edited by Fatima Sadiqi. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2017): 143- 159.
  • “The Fictionalization of History in Maïssa Bey’s Entendez-vous dans les montagnes…” Journal of North African Studies 21.2 (2016): 273-84.
  • “Autoportrait en vert de Marie NDiaye ou le speculum de l’Autre”, French Review 88.3 (2015): 121-133.
  • “L’esthétique du fragment dans l’œuvre photo-textuelle de Leïla Sebbar” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 29.1 (2015): 70-81.
  • “Women Creative Performance: a Risk of Trespass.” In Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013): 147-162.
  • “Traduire la souffrance au féminin dans la littérature et le cinéma francophones.” In The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, (2013): 265- 284.
  • “Malika Mokeddem: une méduse nomade et sans tribu.” Expressions maghrébines 29.1. (2011): 199-209.
  • “La traversée des frontières chez Malika Mokeddem: un risque au féminin.” Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinements et renégociations, Editions Universitaires Européennes (2011): 149- 166.
  • “La poétique de l’errance chez Malika Mokeddem.” In Images et Mirages des migrations dans les littératures et les cinémas d’Afrique francophone, edited by Françoise Naudillon et Jean Ouédraogo. Montréal: Éditions Mémoire d’encrier (2011): 169-182.

Awards & Honors

  • 2019-21 Vilas Associate Award (research support), UW-Madison.
  • 2018 The Graduate School Fall Competition, UW-Madison (’16, ’15, ’13, ’12, ’11, ’9, ’8)
  • 2017 Honored Instructor Award, UW-Madison
  • 2015 African Studies Associate Professor Research Grant, UW-Madison
  • 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Guiding Themes in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence.”
  • 2013 First-Year Interest Group Grant, UW-Madison.
  • 2013 Middle East Studies International Institute Research Award, UW-Madison.
  • 2011 International Association for Quebec Studies course development grant.
  • 2009 Center for Maghrib Studies travel grant.

Selected Courses