Nada Ayad


Contact Information

E-mail: nayad@usc.edu

Education

  • BA USC, 08/2001
  • MA University of Leeds, 06/2005



Research


Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • Nada's research interests broadly include Modern Arabic Literature with a focus on domesticity and its relationship to nationalism; gendered space; translation studies; self-orientalism in “Middle Eastern” Women’s literature; feminist theory and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation, Re-imagining Domesticity: National Intimacies in Egypt’s Three Revolutions, explores the permeability of the political and the domestic realms in Egyptian women’s texts produced at the time of the country’s three revolutions. Focusing on representations of sentimentality, sexuality, maternalism and other domestic concerns, her dissertation argues that the domestic realm, which is coded as symbolically feminine, is an inextricable part of the political world in which the works are set. She has also been involved in several translation projects: Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions as well as the Sawt Project http://www.sawtvoices.com/.