Kenneth Seigneurie

World Languages and Literatures

Areas of interest

Ken Seigneurie’s teaching explores how worlds -- humanistic, liberal, religious and postcolonial -- accrete around literary texts. His research spans English, Arabic and French literatures in a comparative context, world literature and Eastern Mediterranean cultures. He has served as General Editor of the Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature (2020), translator from Arabic in What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin (2015), and author of Standing by the Ruins: Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon (2011). His current project is a study of the palimpsests of religious thought in cultures of liberalism east and west.
“To Darkness on Extended Wings: The Mid-Twentieth-Century Novel and Liberal Nihilism.” A book-length exploration of the mid-20th century crisis of liberal thought in world literature.


Future courses may be subject to change.