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Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures



Jonathan Smolin

Jonathan Smolin

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 language and literature, Francophone literature, crime and police fiction, illegal immigration, translation, North African cinema and mass media.

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
  • Comparative Literature 7: The Global Detective (First-Year Seminar)

Selected Publications

  • Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013)
  • "Didactic Entertainment: The Moroccan Police Journal and the Origins of the Arabic Police Procedural,"Internatonal Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (IJMES), forthcoming
  • "Anxious Openings: Globalization in the Moroccan Arabic Police Procedural."Middle Eastern Literatures (Incorporating Edebiyat), forthcoming
  • "Burning the Past: Moroccan Cinema of Illegal Immigration."The South Central Review (of the Modern Language Association) 28.1 (Spring 2011): 74-89.
  • "Political Malaise and the New Arabic Noir."The South Central Review (of the Modern Language Association) 27.1 & 2 (Spring & Summer 2010): 82-90.
  • 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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