Amr Kamal

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Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th century French literature
  • Arabic and Francophone literature and media
  • Literature from the Mashreq (Egypt, Lebanon and Syria)
  • Mediterranean studies
  • postcolonial and empire studies
  • human geography
  • urban studies
  • material culture
  • translation and cinema studies

Amr Kamal received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently working on his book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled " Empires and Emporia: Fictions of the Department Store in the Modern Mediterranean." His work studies the writings of Emile Zola, Huda Sha'arawi and Jacqueline Kahanoff on the department stores in France and Egypt and the role of these texts in critiquing French and Egyptian social relations and national identity within the context of the Suez Canal Project. His research interests include 19th and 20th century French literature, Francophone literature from the Mashreq (especially Egypt, Lebanon and Syria), Mediterranean Studies, Human Geography and material culture.