Dr Lindsey MooreReader
I specialise in post-1948 literatures of the Arab world (including North Africa) in the global Anglosphere, with a background in postcolonial literary studies. My work foregrounds gender, heritage, genre, circulation and consecration, and often explores the relationship between creative expression and (post)national – including Islamist and ‘Arab Spring’ – orientations. I work mostly with material in English, French, and in translation from Arabic.
I am co-authoring (with Nadia Atia) Global Literature and the Middle East: Twenty-First Century Arab Perspectives in English, commissioned for Routledge’s Twenty-first Century Global Literature series (forthcoming 2024). The book contextualises the rise of post-millennial Arab literatures in the Anglosphere. It explores the politics of translation, circulation, and reception, in chapters on the international literary prize economy, violence, global labour and forced migration, sexuality, and speculative fiction.
I am particularly committed to Palestinian literature and am leading a project, with colleagues at Lancaster and An-Najah National University of Palestine, called 'Storying Urban Palestine: Literary/Digital Maps'. Creative literature makes vital but under-explored contributions to Palestinian heritage preservation. We are data-mining, analysing, and cartographically locating place/space references in literature set in three cities: Nablus and Ramallah in Eastern Palestine (the West Bank) and the coastal city of Haifa (in what is now Israel).
My second monograph, Narrating Postcolonial Arab Nations: Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine (Routledge, 2018) returns postcolonial studies to some of its formative contexts and enjoins it to account more fully for the Arab world. It explores (post)colonial continuities, literary productions of hospitable nations, and histories that produced c21 Arab uprisings.
Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World, co-edited with Abir Hamdar (Routledge, 2015) was the first collection to explore creative responses to political Islam, bringing together international scholars from Middle Eastern and postcolonial literary, film, and cultural studies. The book was informed by the AHRC/ESRC-funded research project Islamism in Arab Fiction and Film (2009-10).
My Arab, Muslim, Woman: Voice and Vision in Postcolonial Literature and Film (Routledge, 2008) was one of the first books to bring together Anglophone, Francophone and Arabophone women writers, filmmakers, and other visual artists, emphasizing a continually contested politics of representation.
I was former co-director of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (http://www.transculturalwriting.com,) which we are rebooting as a research cluster with colleagues from across FASS.
ENGL455 World Writing: From the Body to the Globe; ENGL320 Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature; ENGL308 Contemporary Literature.
From 2023/24 I will convene ENGL101 World Literature.
Other teaching experience at Lancaster: ENGL421 Postcolonial Women's Writing; ENGL201 Theory and Practice of Criticism; ENGL302 Women's Writing; ENGL352 African Literature; ENGL369 Twentieth-Century Indian Novel in English/Postcolonial Indian Novel; ENGL304 American Literature from 1900; lectures on ENGL100 English Literature and ENGL101 World Literature.
I am currently the Department's Research Director.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in receiving high quality proposals from PhD applicants in: -Modern Arab and wider Middle Eastern literature in the global Anglosphere -Palestinian, Lebanese and 'Levantine' literatures -Postcolonial theory and the Arab world -Migration/diaspora literature
‘What happens after saying no?’ Egyptian Uprisings and Afterwords in Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue (2016) and Omar Robert Hamilton’s The City Always Wins (2017)
Moore, L.C. 31/08/2018 In: CounterText. 4, 3, p. 192-211. 20 p.
Narrating Postcolonial Arab Nations: Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine
Moore, L.C. 2/11/2017 New York : Routledge. 252 p. ISBN: 1138830887, 9781138830882.
Islamism and cultural expression in the Arab world
Hamdar, A., Moore, L. 20/04/2015 London : Routledge. 288 p. ISBN: 9780415521840.
Palestinian trauma and contemporary cinema: history, nation and Omar Robert Hamilton's Though I Know the River is Dry
Moore, L., Qabaha, A. 10/2015 In: Postcolonial traumas. London : Palgrave Macmillan
Ruins, rifts and the remainder: Palestinian memoirs by Edward Said and Raja Shehadeh
Moore, L. 2013 In: Postcolonial Studies. 16, 1, p. 28-45. 18 p.
Modernity at the Margins: Paul Bowles and Moroccan Collaborations
Moore, L. 03/2012 In: Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 47 , 1, p. 91-108. 18 p.
Arab, Muslim, Woman: Voice and Vision in Postcolonial Literature and Film
Moore, L. 2008 London : Routledge. 189 p. ISBN: 9780415404167.
Storying Nablus: Literary/Digital Maps
31/03/2023 → 29/09/2023
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience
Postcolonial Text (Journal)
Postcolonial Studies Association (Publisher)
Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Journal)
- Centre for Gender Studies
- Literature and Religion
- Richardson Institute for Peace Studies
- Transcultural Writing