I am Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, and the author of Romantic Imperialism (Cambridge University Press, 1998), William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s (University of Chicago Press, 2003), Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (WW Norton, 2008; revised and updated, with a new foreword by Alice Walker, 2010). My most recent book, Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race and Imperial Culture, was published by University of Chicago Press in January 2014.
Making England Western explores the cultural and political processes through which England turned itself into a recognizably Western country in the nineteenth century, and includes chapters on Wordsworth, Austen, Byron, Southey, Macaulay, and Dickens as well a reading of the “civilization” of London through the nineteenth century.
I am also completing work on Reading William Blake, which is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.
In addition to my own books, I am the co-editor of the volume The Arabian Nights in Historical Context (Oxford University Press, 2008), and of Marxism Beyond Marxism (Routledge, 1996).
I am also co-Editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century Literature, which is published by the University of California Press.
I received my PhD from the Literature Program at Duke University in 1993, and my BA from Wesleyan University in 1987.
Most of my scholarship focuses on the culture of modernity and empire in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain (the Romantic period), but I am also interested in the consequences and afterlives of modernity and empire in the contemporary Arab world, especially Lebanon and Palestine, about which I have published extensively in scholarly books as well as in academic journals such as Critical Inquiry.
In the spirit of speaking not only to a relatively narrow circle of scholars sharing a common expertise but to a broader public as well, I have written a number of articles on contemporary events which have appeared in, among others, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation, Salon, The London Review of Books and the Beirut newspaper al-akhbar. I have also spoken or appeared on, among others, the BBC World Service, National Public Radio, al-Jazeera, PBS, South African Broadcasting Corporation’s SAFM, and Radio National in Australia.
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