Amr Kamal

Associate Professor of French and Arabic


NAC 6320/D



Amr Kamal


Amr Kamal received his PhD in Comparative Literature, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently working on his book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled " Empires and Emporia: Fictions of the Department Store in the Modern Mediterranean." His work studies the writings of Emile Zola, Huda Sha'arawi and Jacqueline Kahanoff on the department stores in France and Egypt and the role of these texts in critiquing French and Egyptian social relations and national identity within the context of the Suez Canal Project. His research interests include 19th and 20th century French literature, Francophone literature from the Mashreq (especially Egypt, Lebanon and Syria), Mediterranean Studies, Human Geography and material culture.


“Ghostly Labor: Ethnic Classism in The Levantine Prism of Jacqueline Kahanoff’s Jacob’s Ladder.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 49, no. 2, 2017, pp. 255–275., doi:10.1017/S0020743817000046.

"Undoing Odysseus's Pact: Marginal Faces and Voices in the Narratives of Assia Djebar and Agnès Varda." Romanic Review, vol. 106, no. 1-4, Jan-Nov2015, pp. 47-70.