Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Amal Amireh

Amal Amireh

Amal Amireh

Associate Professor

Literature: middle eastern literature; world literature; gender and sexuality

Dr. Amireh received a BA in English literature from Birzeit University in the West Bank and an MA and a PhD in English and American literature from Boston University. Before joining George Mason University, Amireh taught at An-Najah National University and Birzeit University (both in West Bank/Palestine).

She is author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Garland, 2000), and is co-editor, with Lisa Suhair Majaj of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland, 2000) and Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland, 2002). Her writings on Arab women and Arabic literature have appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Against the Current, The Women's Review of Books, World Literature Today, and Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures.

Selected Publications

(co-editor). Comparative Literature Studies 47.4 (2010). Special issue: "Arabic Literature Now: Between Area Studies and the New Comparatism."

"Palestinian Women Suicide Bombers Through Western Eyes." Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives. Ed. Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore. Los Angeles: Roxbury, 2007. 207-08.

"Bearing Witness: The Politics of Form in Etel Adnan's Sitt Marie Rose." Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies 14.3 (2005): 251-63.

"Between Complicity and Subversion: Body Politics in Palestinian National Narrative." South Atlantic Quarterly 102 (2003): 745-70; repr. (with afterword) in Diversifying the Discourse: Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, 1990-2004. Ed. Mihoko Suzuki and Roseanna Dufault. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006. 288-307.

(co-editor). Etel Adnan: Critical Perspectives on Her Life and Art. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.

(co-editor). Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers. New York: Garland, 2000.

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction. New York: Garland, 2000.

Courses Taught

ENGL 202: Readings in Middle Eastern Literature

Arabic 325: Arabic Literature: Major Authors

ENGL 665: Middle Eastern Literature: Major Issues

ENGL 418: Cultural Construction of Sexualities

ENGL 328: Introduction to Cultural Studies

ENGL 349: Global Voices: Representing Islam

ENGL 360: Arab and Arab-American Writers

ENGL 665: Texts in Global Contexts: Representing Islam

ENGL 685: Postcolonial Fiction

ENGL 660: Women and War

ENGL 663: Arab Women Writers

ENGL 665: Postcolonial Body Politics 

Dissertations Supervised

Adila Hanieh , Rearticulating the Aesthetic and the Nationalist: The Un-decidable Politics of Contemporary Palestinian Artistic Practices (2015)