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Jonathan Smolin

Jonathan Smolin

Department Chair and Associate Professor (Arabic)
B.A. and M.A. University of Chicago; M.A. Harvard University; Ph.D. Harvard University

  • Teaching at Dartmouth since 2005

Academic Interests

  • Modern Arabic Literature, Politics and Popular Culture, Arabic Mass Media, Prison Literature and Human Rights, Crime and Police Fiction, North African History and Society, Contemporary Egypt, Arabic Translation

Selected Courses

  • Arabic 10/AMES 4: Introduction to Arabic Culture
  • Arabic 61: Modern Arabic Fiction
  • Arabic 81: The New Arabic Novel
  • Arabic 41, 42, 43: Advanced Arabic
  • Arabic 11: Modern Morocco: Literature, Mass Media, and Society

Selected Publications

  • Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013). Winner of the 2014 L. Carl Brown AIMS Book Prize for North African Studies.
  • Translation and Afterward of Abdelilah Hamdouchi, Whitefly: A Modern Arabic Novel. New York and Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, forthcoming.
  • Translation and Afterward of Youssef Fadel, A Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me: A Modern Arabic Novel. New York and Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, forthcoming.
  • "Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference" in Contemporary Arab Filmmakers: Political Protest and Social Critique, edited by Josef Gugler (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), 214-240.
  • "Anxious Openings: Globalization in the Moroccan Arabic Police Procedural."Middle Eastern Literatures (Incorporating Edebiyat) 17.3 (2014): 283-298.
  • "Didactic Entertainment: The Moroccan Police Journal and the Origins of the Arabic Police Procedural,"Internatonal Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (IJMES) 45 (2013): 695-714.
  • "Burning the Past: Moroccan Cinema of Illegal Immigration."The South Central Review (of the Modern Language Association) 28.1 (Spring 2011): 74-89.
  • Translation and Afterward of Abdelilah Hamdouchi, The Final Bet: A Modern Arabic Novel. New York and Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2008.
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