Nahrain Al-Mousawi


Nahrain Al-Mousawi writes on popular and literary culture from the MENA region. She has had her work published in Al Jazeera, The National, Globe and Mail, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications. Please see Features, Opinions, & Analysis, Scholarly Publications, or Reviews for samples of her work. For samples of more creative work, see Translations and Poetry.

She received her PhD from UCLA in Comparative Literature with a focus on Arabic and English literature, as well as postcolonial and transnational literature and criticism. She has taught at universities, both in the US and Lebanon. See CV and Awards for more information.

Her book The Two-Edged Sea: Heterotopias of Contemporary Mediterranean Migrant Literature is now available.

The availability of the digital version of the book is determined by institutional access. 


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