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Department of English
About Us
​The research and teaching in our department includes historical and analytical approaches to language and rhetoric, academic and creative modes of writing, and the study of a wide range of literary and cultural traditions. Students and faculty in our department engage in critical analysis of the diversity and dynamism of various Anglophone environments around the globe, with a particular eye for how they are also embedded in transnational and translinguistic networks. Trained largely in the English-speaking world and teaching in English, our international faculty brings to the study of language, literature and writing a unique awareness of place.  The complexity of Lebanon’s cultural and linguistic situation informs many of the research projects we are pursuing.  Our students also bring to their studies a wide range of lived experiences ensuring that the study of language and literature in Beirut is a rich experience of crossing borders.
News and events
  • The Department is delighted to announce the  English Colloquium, which will convene on selected Mondays, between 12 noon and 1 p.m. in the CAH seminar room, Building 37; the Spring series will start with Rula Baalbaki on February 27 and continue with Tariq Mehmood on March 20, and Yasmine Abou Taha on April 24. 
  • The Center for Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Department of English, AMICAL Consortium, University Libraries, and Center for American Studies and Research are organizing the second Digital Humanities Institute - Beirut that will take place at the American University of Beirut (AUB), March 10-12, 2017. 
    There will be two keynotes, a number of workshops and opportunities for interaction and learning, with participants, faculty, librarians, technologists and students from around Lebanon, the Arab World, Europe, and Asia.
     for more information:
  • Check out  the brochure of our undergraduate programs in Language and Literature here
  • Check out  the brochure of our graduate programs in Language and Literature here
  • See the changes and additions to the Minors offered by the Department of English here 
  • See the curriculum revision and new requirements for MA in Literature here
  • Spring 2017 Semester begins: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Highlights in the Department

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi and May Muzaffar (eds.), Rafa Nasiri: Artist Books, Milan: Skira, 2016.

'Emerging Writing Research from the Middle East-North Africa Region' , a book includes chapters authored by a number of our colleagues: Literacy Narratives Across Borders: Beirut and Dearborn as Twenty-First Century Transnational Spaces by Rima Iskandarani, Malakeh Khoury, Zane Sinno, and The Dance of Voices: A Study on Academic Writing at AUB by Najla Jarkas and Juheina Fakhreddine. Edited by Lisa R. Arnold, Anne Nebel, and Lynne Ronesi. Publication date: January 9, 2017

'Song Of Gulzarina' a new novel by Tariq Mehmood (forthcoming) published by Daraja Press, Montreal, 2016.

'An Unsafe Haven' a new novel by Nada Awar was published by The Borough Press, Harper Collins, and was launched at the Edinburgh international Book Festival on August 18, 2016.

'You're Not Proper' a new novel by Tariq Mehmood was published by Hope Road, London, 2015. 

'SHIFTING NARRATIVES' A Reader For Academic Writing, edited by Zane S. Sinno, Lina Bioghlu-Karkanawi, Dorota Fleszar, Najla Jarkas, Emma Moughabghab, Jennifer M. Nish, Rima Rantisi, Abir Ward, was published by EDUCART (Middle East) 2015.


Contact Us
  • Department of English
    345 Fisk Hall
    Tel: +961 1 350000
    Ext: 4090/1
  • Department office hours:
    Fall and Spring Semesters: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Summer Session: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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