Nancy El Gendy

Contact Nancy El Gendy:

Pfleiderer Hall

nelgendy@heidelberg.edu

Assistant Professor English, Literature

English Department


Education

PhD, University of Oklahoma


About

  • Literary Theme
  • Literary Genre 
  • WRI 101
  • ENG 102
  • Developmental Writing 
  • Literature of the Ancient World 
  • Multiethnic American Literature
  • Survey of American Literature 
  • Introduction to Linguistics 
  • Theory and Criticism 
  • Business Writing 
  • Arabic language and culture 

American Literature

American Literature (Civil War-present), Multiethnic Literature, World Literature, Theory, and Film.

Conference Presentations

Spring 2019. “Resisting and Surviving Arabophobia and Islamophobia by Arab American Female Protagonists.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago, Illinois.
Spring 2018. "Negotiating Space in Contemporary Arab American Writing: Community, Storytelling, and the Body.” The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Spring 2017. “The Body as a Harbor for Social Norms: Survivance Strategies in Contemporary Arab American Women’s Novels.” MELUS, Cambridge, MA (declined for lack of funding).
Spring 2016. “Cultural Transformation in Contemporary Arab American Literature: Nepantla, Humor, and the Veil.” MELUS, Charleston, South Carolina. 
Winter 2015. "War and the Muslim Female Body in Twenty-First Century Palestinian American Discourse.” (MLA), Vancouver, Canada. (declined for lack of visa)
Fall 2014. "Social Class and the Female Body: Nationalist, Capitalist, and Islamist Inscriptions in Samia Serageldin’s The Cairo House. “The Twelfth International Symposium on Comparative Literature: “Literature and Language of Resistance,” Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
Fall 2014. “What Africa Does the African Writer Write About? Understanding the Works of Mia Couto.” Neustadt Festival of International Literature & Culture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
Winter 2013. “The Veil as Cultural Myth in Contemporary Arab American Female Muslim Discourse.” MLA, Chicago, Illinois.
Spring 2013. “Ethnic Humor’s Negotiation of the Social Construction of ‘the Muslim Female Body’ in Randa Jarrar’s A Map of Home.” MELUS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fall 2013. “The Female Muslim Body in Contemporary Egyptian-American Women’s Autobiography: Sexuality, Space, and Voice in Samia Serageldin’s The Cairo House.” South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), New Orleans, Louisiana.
Spring 2012. “Exploring Muslim Women: The Representation of the Female Body in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent.” MELUS, San Jose, California.
Summer 2012. “Simultaneous Construction and Deconstruction of ‘Cultural Mythologies’ of the Muslim Female Body.” Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc. (RAWI), Dearborn, Michigan.
Fall 2011. “Survival Strategies in Randa Jarrar's A Map of Home.” Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc. (RAWI), Dearborn, Michigan.
Fall 2011. “Race as an Ideology and Performance as a Means of Destabilization: Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North.” SCMLA, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Spring 2010; fall 2009. “From Separateness to Inclusiveness: Modes of Healing in Yahya Hakki’s The Lamp of Um Hashim and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.” Native American Literature Symposium, Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and Comparative Literature Program, University of Texas, Austin.
Fall 2005. “Trickster Tales between Ethnicity and Postmodernism in Selected Discourses by Gerald Vizenor.” Challenges of Research in the Field of Literary Studies, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
Publications

“Trickster Humour in Randa Jarrar’s A Map of Home: Negotiating Arab American Muslim Female Sexuality.” Women: A Cultural Review, 27, 1, (2016), 1-19.
Interview with Mia Couto: Sexuality, Orality, and Cultural Frontiers. World Literature Today,
vol. 89, no. 1, 2015, pp. 54-56. 
“Timothy Morton.” Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, edited by Vincent B. Leitch, et al., 3rd ed., New York: W. W. Norton, April 2018. (3011 words)
“David Herman.” Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, edited by Vincent B. Leitch, et al., 3rd ed., New York: W. W. Norton, April 2018. (1970 words)
Revised and Resubmitted 

“Plural Politics of the Body: Veiling, Unveiling, and ‘Reveiling’ in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf.” (8248 words)
Under Submission

Interview with Lena Mahmoud: Gender Issues in Amreekiya (2018).

Invited Talks

Fall 2018. “Campus Engagement,” Aim HEI, Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio. 
Spring 2018. "Best Practices for Writing, Revising, and Publishing," a Professional Development Panel, MELUS, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Spring 2017. “Women in Twenty-First-Century Arab American Literature” and “Studying and Teaching in the U.S.A, a talk. Faculty of Women, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (declined for lack of funding).
Fall 2012. “Women and the New Egypt.” The Center for Middle East Studies and Department of International and Area Studies, OU.
Summer 2012. “My Passage from Egypt to the United States: Cross-Cultural Dialogues.” Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Department of International and Area Studies, OU.
Spring 2011. “Protests in the Middle East: Panel Discussion.” The Center for Middle East Studies and Department of International and Area Studies, OU.

Work in Progress

Book in Progress:

Untangling the Spider’s Web: The Muslim Female Body in Twenty-First-Century Arab and Arab American Women’s Discourses. 

Articles in Progress:

“Unbearable Weight in Nawal El Saadawi’s Zeina.” 
“From Separateness to Inclusiveness: Modes of Healing in Yahya Hakki’s The Lamp of Um Hashim and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.”
“Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee: A Trickster Narrative.”
“Race as an Ideology, and Performance as a Means of Destabilization: Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North.”

Awards and Fellowships

Spring 2018. MELUS President’s Contingent Faculty Award.
The University of Nevada (UNR) Core Writing Program, Communication in the Disciplines Program, and English Department Travel Grants.
Spring 2016. MELUS President’s Contingent Faculty Award.
The University of Nevada (UNR) Core Writing Program, Communication in the Disciplines Program, and English Department Travel Grants. 
Summer 2015. Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory Tuition Grant.
Summer 2015. The University of Oklahoma (OU) Vice President Research Scholarship.
Summer 2015. OU College of Arts and Sciences Research Scholarship.
Summer 2015. OU Graduate College Research Scholarship.
Summer 2015 OU Department of English Conference Scholarship.
Summer 2015 OU Department of English Research Scholarship.
Spring 2015. Graduate Student Modern Language Association Travel Grant.
Spring 2015. OU T. H. Lee Williams International Travel Scholarship.
Spring 2015. World Literature Today’s Puterbaugh Scholarship.
Spring 2014. OU Outstanding Research Assistant Scholarship. (One scholarship awarded per year)
Spring 2014. World Literature Today’s Neustadt Scholarship.
Spring 2014. Dr. Bruce Granger Dissertation Fellowship Award.
Spring 2014. Annette Kolodny Graduate Student Travel Award for Modern Language Association Convention. (One travel scholarship awarded that year).
Spring 2014. Graduate Student Modern Language Association Travel Grant.
Spring 2014-present. Election to Phi Kappa Phi Membership.
Spring 2013. Graduate Student Senate Research and Conference Grants.
Fall 2013. Graduate Student Senate Conference Grant.
Spring 2012. English Department Dissertation Teaching Release Award. 
Spring 2012. English Department’s Edward Clark Memorial Scholarship
for a Graduate English Major.  
Fall 2012. College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant. 
Fall 2012. Graduate College Robberson Research Grant. 
Fall 2009. Graduate College Robberson Travel Grant. 
Fall 2009- fall 2013. Five College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grants.
Fall 2009- fall 2014. Six College of Arts and Sciences Robert E. and Mary B. Sturgis Scholarships.
Fall 2009-summer 2015. Six English Department Travel Grants. 
Fall 2006-summer 2008. Joint Cultural Supervision Mission Scholarship between the English Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the English Department, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

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