Hoda Elsadda

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Professor of English and Comparative Literature

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Cairo University
English Language and Literature
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PhD, English Literature, Cairo University, 1988

MA, English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo, 1981

BA, English Literature, Cairo University, 1978


Comparative Cultural Studies

Feminist Writing

Gender Discourses in the Arab World

Oral Histories of Arab Women





Work history: 

Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, University of Manchester, 2005-2011

Co-Director, Center for Advanced Studies of the Arab World, UK, 2006-2011

Professor of English Literature, Cairo University, 2000-2005

Honorary office and memberships: 

 Member, Egypt's 50-Member Constitution Committee, 2013

Member, Board of Directors, Global Fund for Women, 2009-Present

Member, Advisory Board, Global Fund for Women, 2005-2009

Member, Advisory Board, Durham Series in Modern Languages, 2009

Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees, Women and Memory Forum, 1997-Present

Productions and works: 

Edited and authored introduction, Al-niswiyya wa al-tarikh (Feminism and History), Translated by Abeer Abbas. Cairo: Women and Memory Forum, 2010 (Forthcoming).

"Egypt," in Arab Writings: A Reference Guide, 1873-1999, p.98-161. Edited by Radwa Ashour, Faryal Ghuzul and Hasna Muqaddisi. Translated by Mandy Macler. Cairo and New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2008.

"Imagining the New Man: Gender and the Nation in Narratives of Arabic Literature at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) 3 (Spring 2007), p. 31-55.

Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt 1892-2008. Syracuse University Press and Edinburgh University Press, 2012.