Deborah Starr is Associate Professor of Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature and Film in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2000. She is the author of Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, Culture, and Empire (Routledge, 2009). She is also the co-editor, with Sasson Somekh, of Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently at work on a new book about minorities in Egyptian cinema from the 1930s to the 1950s. Her research and teaching interests include cosmopolitanism, postcolonial studies, minorities of the Middle East, film, and urban studies.
May Hawas’s compelling—and funny—essay “How Not to Write about Cosmopolitan Alexandria” exemplifies how to write about Alexandria. Hawas critiques how others have written about the city, its history, ...On September 17, 2018 / By Deborah Starr
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