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Wessam Elmeligi

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Elmeligi publishes on literary theory, comparative literature, and SWANA cultures. Specializing in narratology, visual narratives, psychoanalysis and gender, from Classical to contemporary times, he examines the development of motifs from mythology to film, ancient art to graphic novels. Texts and authors he studied include the Arabian Nights, Persian art, Toni Morrison, Bernard Shaw, Naguib Mahfouz, and Radwa Ashour. His recent book is a critical anthology of over 200 Arab women poets.


With a PhD in literary theory and undergraduate and graduate training in translation theory, Elmeligi's research covers comparative cultural studies of world literature, with a focus on Arabic, SWANA, English and American literature and art. He has helped establish Arabic and translation programs in a number of institutions in Egypt and the United States. After over 20 years teaching at the University of Alexandria and Middlebury College's Study Abroad Program in Egypt, and Macalester College in Minnesota in the United States, Elmeligi is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Elmeligi's research attempts to highlight comparative aspects and historical developments of literary and visual cultures. Narratology, visual analysis, psychoanalysis, and gender studies are among the main features of cultural analysis in his research. In addition to research, his translations underline a critical perspective that aims at examining texts that have been marginalized by mainstream academia.
    Elmeligi published widely on a range of texts and writers that span the Classical period up to contemporary culture, covering such a variety as ancient mythology and science fiction. Among the writers he examined are Toni Morrison, Bernard Shaw, Naguib Mahfouz, and Radwa Ashour. His literary and cultural analysis covered classical texts such as the Arabian Nights and Shahnameh, visual texts such as Persian miniatures, Iranian cinema, and graphic novels such as Maus, Persepolis, and Footnotes in Gaza, as well African-American and Arabic literature.

Personal Interests

    In addition to academics, Elmeligi is also a graphic novel artist and author. My graphic novels are Jamila https://www.amazon.com/Jamila-Wessam-Elmeligi/dp/0692896465 and Y & Y https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692732187/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1



Featured Title
 Featured Title - The Poetry of Arab Women - 1st Edition book cover



Unreliable Author: Narrative Duality in Sonallah Ibrahim’s ʾAmrīkānlī

Published: Jul 01, 2019 by Authorship
Authors: Elmeligi, Wessam
Subjects: History, Literature

This article examines the duality of the unreliable narrator as authorial voice in ʾAmrīkānlī, highlighting how Ibrahim’s narrative embodies the binary existence of the main ideas that the novel addresses by constantly emphasizing the availability of two perspectives.

The Loft Literary Center

Exploring Fairy Tales: My Father's Legacy

Published: Sep 12, 2018 by The Loft Literary Center
Authors: Elmeligi, Wessam
Subjects: History, Literature, Art & Visual Culture

Elmeligi shares a summer visit to his hometown, Alexandria, Egypt, where he reconnected with children books written and illustrated by his father.

Image & Narrative

Narrative Fluidity: Intermedial Interpretation of the Persian Legend, Khosrow and Shirin: Abbas Kiarostami’s film Shirin, Fredowsi’s miniatures, and Nizami Ganjavi’s 12th Century Epic, Khamsa

Published: Aug 22, 2018 by Image & Narrative
Authors: Elmeligi, Wessam
Subjects: Literature, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Art & Visual Culture

This article aims at examining how adaptations functions smoothly with legends, as a blend of fiction and history, across various media.