Modern Arabic Language and Literature Theories of Modernity Comparative Literature Film Studies Islam in the Middle East Arabian Nights Folkloric Studies
Dr. Sayed Elsisi is a specialist in Arabic literature, culture, and cinema.
He taught as an assistant professor of Arabic literature and culture at the University of Maryland (2010 – 2019). Prior to that, he taught at Harvard University (2007-2010), The American University in Cairo (2000-2007). He also worked as a researcher and an editorial assistant for Alif (Journal of Comparative Poetics) 2000-2007.
His current research deals with the omitted genres in the history of Arabic criticism and questioning the canonical Poetics in the Arabic critical discourse.
His most recent research project is a monograph on a new Sufi interpretation of the eroticism in The Arabian Nights.
His publications include two authored books: Post-Prose poem – Towards A New Discourse of The Arabic Poetics (2016)- this book was longlisted for Zayid Book Award - and Alluring Text and Playful Reading (in Arabic), in addition to Egypt: Culture and Society a co-authored textbook for the CASA program (2006).
He also published numerous articles on the Arabic novel and poetry, including: Renaissance buried alive in “The Collar and the Bracelet” (2021), Arabic Prose Poem: from Modernism to Postmodernism (2015), A wolf in Love Does not Apologize for Preying: a Reading in the poetry of Osama Al Dinasory (2007), Sufi Vision to the Poetic Language in Salah Abdul Sabour’s Poetry (2003), Absence as Strategy in Sa’di Yussuf’s Poetry: An Intertextuality Approach (2001), and The Realism in Conjuncture of the novel al-Ard, (1994).
Courses he taught:
The Arabian Nights and The Art of Storytelling
Readings in Arabic Literature
Theocratic and Secular discourses in the Arab Renaissance
Arab Cinema - Breaking the Taboos
Folklore and Modernism in Arabic Film and Literature
The Image of Women in Arab Cinema
Egyptian Cinema and the Shaping of Modern Egypt
Advanced MSA & EQA
- Renaissance buried alive in “The Collar and the Bracelet" reading the novel and the film, The Catholic University, Milan, Italy 2019
- The Future of Arabic studies in the Western Academia, Kuwait 2018
- The Erotic Face of Divine Love –Sufi (Mystical) interpretation of The Erotic stories in The Arabian Nights, Library of Congress (2017)