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Lara Harb

Lara Harb

Assistant Professor (Arabic)
B.A., Brown University (Comparative Literature), 2004
Ph.D., New York University (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies), 2013.

  • Joined the faculty in 2013.

Academic Interests

  • Medieval Arabic literary criticism and theory.
  • Medieval Arabic literature.
  • Medieval Persian literature and literary theory.
  • The reception of Greek thought into Arabic.
  • Non-Western conceptions of "literature" and the "literary".
  • The question of the inimitability of the Quran.
  • Modern Arabic literature and cinema.

Selected Courses

  • Arabic 61: Palestinian Literature and Cinema
  • Arabic 62: Marvels and Wonder in Medieval Arabic Culture
  • Arabic 42: Advanced Arabic (with focus on classical Arabic texts)

Selected Publications

  • Lara Harb is currently working on a book that investigates medieval Arabic understandings and theorizations of aesthetic experience in relation to both profane and divine texts.