Dr Dalia Mostafa

Senior Lecturer in Arab Cultural Studies

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I have been educated and worked in both Egypt and the UK. I acquired my undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1989 from the American University in Cairo. In 1993, I attained my first MA degree in Women's Studies from Exeter University. After a few years, I started my second MA in English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, under the supervision of Professor Ferial Ghazoul. My research focused on narratives of postcolonial cities including the work of such novelists as Salman Rushdie, Abdurrahman Munif, and Isabel Allende.

I was a Fellow at the Department of English and Comparative Literature and assistant at Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics at the American University in Cairo (1997-1999). I attained the second MA degree in 2002; and in 2003, I came to Manchester University to start my PhD research in Comparative and Postcolonial Literature under the supervision of Professor Terry Eagleton at the department of English and American Studies. My PhD dissertation is entitled 'Re-Cycling the Flâneur: The Image of the Narrator in Three Postcolonial Novels on the Cities of Cairo, Karachi, and Beirut'.

My research for the MA and PhD in Comparative Literature has focused on the changes and transformations of the city as represented in the postcolonial novel. I have worked on both postcolonial and Marxist theory and criticism and have studied novels written in both English and Arabic.

I attained my PhD degree in the summer of 2007; and from September 2007 to August 2011, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Modern Arab Cultural History at the department of Middle Eastern Studies, and was affiliated to the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW). My postdoctoral research focused on the literary and cinematic representations of Beirut during and after the Lebanese civil war.

From September 2011 to July 2021, I held the post of Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature. During this period, I have developed and expanded my research remit and publications. My research portfolio demonstrates an established record and trajectory, and a substantial volume of high quality peer-reviewed publications which encompass an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of comparative literature, cinema studies, gender politics and popular culture.

From January to June 2020, I held the prestigious post of Visiting Professor with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Doha, Qatar), one of the leading higher education institutions in the Arab world. I taught on the Women's Studies MA Programme in the department of Middle Eastern Studies. I introduced a new course ‘Women and Gender in the Literature and Cinema of the Middle East and North Africa’ which is based on feminist approaches and aesthetics in literature and cinema. I also taught a course on 'Documentary Filmmaking in the Arab World' during the summer session.

The interdisciplinary scope of my research agenda is of tangible benefit to my research-driven teaching, giving students access to a range of theories and concepts including feminist, postcolonial, modernist and postmodernist frameworks with which to understand the Arab world’s vast cultural diversity.


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES); The Middle East Studies Association (MESA); The Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA).

External positions

External Examiner for the Arabic Language programme - University of Kent


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