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is Iraqi, living in Cairo, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the American University of Cairo. She has published extensively in English, Arabic and French on medieval and Third World literature and literary theory, and is editor of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. Author of Saadi Youssef (1989) and Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context (1996). Co-editor of The View from Within: Writers and Critics on Contemporary Arabic Literature (1994). Co-translator of Muhammad Afifi Matar’s, Quartet of Joy (1997). W