B.A. English Literature, American University of Beirut, 2012
Ziad Dallal is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. He studies modern Arabic literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, with additional focus on the intellectual history of the Arab world. His dissertation, “The Nahdah in the Levant and Egypt: Modernity, Philology, and Literary Politics,” studies the closely reads the cultural production of nineteenth-century Egyptian and Levantine authors, mining a literary politics that contributes and responds to the challenge of modernity. He has written and presented work on the works of authors Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, the Shakespeare Trilogy of Sulayman al-Bassam, the intellectual foundations of the thought of Lebanese Marxist, Mahdi ‘Amil, the logic of financial derivatives, and the philosophical undercurrents of Arabic Hip Hop. Ziad has also published several articles in leading Arabic newspapers on contemporary Arab politics and cultural debates.
In 2017, he was awarded the Penfield Fellowship by the Department of Comparative Literature. Before joining Gallatin, Ziad taught several courses with the NYU Core Curriculum program, including “Antiquity and the 19th Century,” “On Liberation,” and “Animal Humans.” In the summer of 2017, he taught an undergraduate course in the comparative literature department called “Film as Text: Representations of Colonialism on Film.” He has also taught Arabic language courses for several years at the American University of Beirut’s intensive summer Arabic program.
Teaching and Research Interests
modern Arabic literature; Arabic intellectual history; world literature; critical theory; philology; political philosophy; film; Marxism and finance