Hania A. M. Nashef is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Her publications include Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness and The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee and other articles on J.M. Coetzee and José Saramago, including “Becomings in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago’s Blindness” in Comparative Literature Studies, and recently “Specters of Doom: Saramago's Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave.” She has also published on Palestinian literature, film and Arab media representations, including “Disconcerting images: Arab female portrayals on Arab television,” in Interventions, “Barbaric space: Portrayal of Arab lands in Hollywood films,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, “Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now” in Transnational Cinemas, “Virtuality and différance in the age of the hyperreal,” in Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and more recently “Challenging the myth of “a land without a people’: Mahmoud Darwish’s Journal of an Ordinary Grief and In the Presence of Absence in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and “Two memories: Darwish and Shehadeh recount their days under siege” in Prose Studies. Recent publications include “Homo Sacer Dwells in Saramago’s Land of Exception,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 22 (4), “Ideal Cities: Marred Individuals J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus and José Saramago's A Caverna,” Comparative Literature Studies 54 (2) “A dialogue beyond the nation-state: Darwish's Mural and Shehadeh's A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle,” in Interventions and “Coming of Age in Troubled Times: Son of Babylon and Theeb,” in Film International.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Postcolonial, comparative literature, film and media studies.