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Ammiel Alcalay
Position: Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures, Queens College; Comparative Literature; Program in Medieval Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: (718) 997-5586
Office Hours: By Appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Poet, critic, translator, editor and scholar; textual scholarship; “New American” and African-American writing and culture in local and international contexts; King Philip's War to the writing of Vietnam veterans; the ancient Americas; literatures and cultures of the Middle East and the Balkans; cultures of resistance in colonization and decolonization; the Cold War; medieval studies; translation; poetics.
Theory Group Field Specialization: African American Writings and Poetics|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory|Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: Medieval Literature|American Literature to 1900|Twentieth-Century Literature

Selected Publications:

  • After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).

  • the cairo noteboooks (Singing Horse Press, 1993).

  • Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing (City Lights, 1996).

  • Sarajevo Blues by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 1998).

  • Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999).

Recent Publications:

  • from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002).

  • Nine Alexandrias by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 2003).

Forthcoming Publications:

  • Politics and Imagination (book of essays).

  • Outcast, a novel by Shimon Ballas, translated from Hebrew (City Lights Press).