Trevor Legassick

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Professor of Arabic Literature

3123 Thayer Academic Building

Phone: 734.763.1593
Fax: 734.936.2679
tleg@umich.edu

  • About

    EDUCATION
    University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Ph.D. Arabic Studies 1960. Dissertation Thesis: Studies in Contemporary Arab Nationalist Literature.
    University of London, School of Classical Oriental and African Studies, B.A. (Honors) Arabic 1958.

    EMPLOYMENT
    1979- Professor of Arabic Literature, The University of Michigan.
    1969-1979 Associate Professor of Arabic Literature, The University of Michigan.
    1966-1969 Assistant Professor of Arabic, The University of Michigan.
    1963-1966 Assistant Professor, Indiana University.
    1962-1963 Visiting Lecturer, University of Wisconsin.
    1960-1962 Assistant Manager, United Africa Company, Ltd., (Kuwait).

    RESEARCH OVERSEAS
    1983 Research in Egypt.
    1980 Research in London.
    1972-1973 Research in London, Beirut and Cairo.
    1967 (Summer) Research in Egypt and London.
    1963-1964 Fellow, American Research Center in Cairo.
    1959-1960 Dissertation Research, American University of Beirut

    EXTRAMURAL PROFESSIONAL WORK
    1990-present: Editorial Advisory Board, Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES).
    1976-1979 Executive Board, American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA).
    1975-1976 Member, Program Committee, Middle East Studies Association (MESA).
    1975 Chairman of Literature Panel for 1975 Annual AATA Meeting.
    1974 Editor, AATA Journal.
    1973-1974 Program Committee, Middle East Studies Association.
    1970-1973 Executive Board, American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA).

    RECOGNITION, HONORS and INVITED LECTURES and PARTICIPATION
    2001 Guest-participant invited by The National Council for Culture & Arts and Letters to the al-Qurain cultural Festival 2001, held in Kuwait,Jan 4-11, 2001.
    1998 Invited Lecturer, Albion College.
    1996 Malone Fellowship as delegation participant to Saudi Arabia from Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Washington D.C..
    1989 Kareema Khoury Distinguished Lecturer, Georgetown University.
    1988 Invited Participant in Symposium on Naguib Mahfouz, U.C.L.A..
    1983 Invited Participant at conference on "The Teaching of Arabic to Adults in Europe", Paris
    1983 Invited Participant at Centenary of Khalil Gibran Symposium, Library of Congress, Washington D.C..
    1980 Invited Participant in Symposium on Modern Arabic Literature, University of London.
    1970 Research Contract, Office of Education, Institute of International Studies.
    1964-1965 Fellowship, American Research Center in Egypt.

    COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE at the UNIVERSITY of MICHIGAN
    Departmental: Various Committee assignments, on yearly basis.
    College or University: Various dates:
    Rackham Program Evaluation Committee.
    Comparative Literature Program Faculty Advisor.
    Rackham Divisional Board for Humanities and Arts.
    Rackham Fulbright-Hayes Awards Committee.
    Center for Middle East Studies, Kuwait University Fellowship Selection Committee.
    Co-director, Rockefeller Fellowship Awards Committee, Center for Middle East Studies.
    Foreign Language Areas Studies Committee, Center for Middle East Studies.
    Executive Committee, Center for Meddle East Studies.
    Rackham Non-Traditional Students Fellowship Committee.

    PUBLICATIONS
    Books
    Major Themes in Modern Arabic Thoughts. University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, 1979, pp. 223 and American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 1979.
    The Defense Statement of Ahmad 'Urabi. American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 1982.
    Critical Perspectives on Naguib Mahfouz. (Ed. and translator) Three Continents Press, Washington, D.C. 1990, pp. 208.

    Works in Translation from Contemporary Arabic
    Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz. Beirut: Khayat's, 1966, 319 pp. Translation from the Arabic with Introduction. Republished with new Introduction by Heinemann Educational Books, London, 1975 and Three Continents Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 264 + IX, and Quality Paperback Book Club, 1989, Doubleday 1991, etc.
    Days of Dust by Halim Barakat. Wilmette, Ill.: Medina University Press, 1974, XXXVIII + 179 pp. Republished by Three Continents Press, Washington, D.C., 1983.
    Flipflop and His Master by Y. Idris A Three Act Play in Translation: In Arabic Writing Today - The Drama ed. M. Manzalaoui, American University in Cairo Press, Cairo and U.C.L.A. Press, California, 1977, pp. 335-454.
    I Am Free and Other Stories by I. Abd El Koddus, Cairo, 1978. Introduction 9-11, p. 249.
    The Secret Life of Saeed (A Palestinian Who Became a Citizen of Israel) by Emile Habiby, (with S. Jayyusi) Vantage, New York, 1982, pp. 169. Republished by Zed Book Ltd., London, 1985 pp. 169.
    The Thief and the Dogs (with M.A. Badawi) by Naguib Mahfouz. American University of Cairo Press et alia., 1984 et. Seq and Quality Paperback Book Club, 1989, Doubleday 1991, etc.
    Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh, Saqi Books, London, 1985 pp. 207.

    Translation from Classical Arabic
    The Life of the Prophet Muhammad by Abu al-Fida' Ismai'il Ibn Kathir
    Volume I, pp. 369, Garnet Publishing Ltd., London, 1998
    Volume II, pp. 370, London, 1999
    Volume III, pp. 511, London, (November), 2000
    Volume IV, pp. 515, London, (November), 2000

    Articles
    "The Ruins of Failaka," Middle East Forum, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 7, September 1962, pp. 48-53.
    "The Trilogy of Naguib Mahfouz," Middle East Forum, Vol. 39, No. 2, 1963, pp. 41-43 [Republished in Critical Perspective in Modern Arabic Literature, ed. I.J. Boullata, pp. 61-68].
    "A Malaise in Cairo," Middle East Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1967, pp. 145-156 (Republished in Critical Perspectives, pp. 68-83.
    "Yusuf Idris," Mid-East, Vol. 9, No. 5, 1968, pp. 27-32.
    "Ihsan 'Abd al-Quddus," Mid-East, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 6-16.
    "The Teaching of Modern Arabic Literature," An-Nashra, Vol. III, No. 2, December 1969, pp.2-8.
    "Literature in Translation-Modern Arabic," Bulletin of Middle East Studies Association, No. 5, No. 1, February 1971, pp. 26-38.
    "Some Recent War-Related Arabic Fiction," Middle East Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, Autumn, 1971.
    "The Literature of Modern Egypt," Books Abroad, Vol. 46, No. 2, 1972, pp. 232-237.
    "Mahfouz al-Karnak: The Quiet Conscience of Nasser's Egypt Revealed," Middle East Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1977.
    "The Image of the Jew in Modern Arabic Fiction," al-Arabiyya, Vol. II, 1978. Republished with additions in Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1982, pp. 249-276, and in Shofar, Purdue, Spring 1989.
    "The Luckless Palestinian," Middle East Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 1980.
    "Arabic Literature in Modern Times," Nimrod, Vol. 24, No. 2, Summer 1981.
    "Arabic Drama," in Encyclopedia of World Drama ed. S. Hochman, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1984, Vol. 1, pp. 170-183.
    "An Analysis of al-Hubb tahta al-Matar by N. Mahfouz in Studies in Modern Arabic Literature. Ed R. Ostle, Warminster, England, pp. 140-151.
    "From Naive Simplicity to Sophisticated Obscurity-Arabic Fiction in a Century of Change," Mundus Artium, Vol. X, No. 1, Fall 1977.
    "The Faith of Islam in Modern Arabic Fiction," Religion and Literature, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring 1988, pp. 97-109.
    "Critical Postface" for N. Mahfouz's Miramar, Three Continents Press, Washington, 1989, pp. 143-156.
    "Trials of Faith," World and I Magazine, Washington, June 1990, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 367-379.
    "A Palestinian Journalist Looks Backs," Studies in Near Eastern Culture and History, ed. J. Bellamy, Ann Arbor, 1990, pp. 54-71.
    "False Values--Three novels in translation" by N. Mahfouz in The World and I, Washington, Feb. 1991, Vol. V, No. 9, pp. 392-7
    "Gadfly of the Egyptian State," (Article on Ehsan Abdel Kuddous) in The World and I, Washington, Feb. 1991, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 442-447.
    "Trials of the Flesh of the Intellect," The World and I, Washington, Vol. 7, No. 2, Feb. 1992, pp. 424-432.
    "The Arabic Novel in English Translation" in The Arabic Novel since 1950, in Mundus Arabicus, MA, Vol. 5, 1992, pp. 47-61.
    "Naguib Mahfouz" in Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Salem Press, Pasadena, CA, ed. F. Magill, Vol. 3, 1993, pp. 1560-1566.

    Short Fiction in Translation
    Susu by Yahya Haqqi. Literature East and West, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1968, pp. 262-272.
    The Ideal Wife by Ihsan' Abd al-Quddus. Mid-East, Vol. VIII, No. 6, November/December 1968, pp. 27-29.
    The Cheapest Nights and The Stare by Yusuf Idris. Mid-East, Vol. VIII, No. 5, September/October 1968, pp. 27-32. Republished in Adair, C.H. and Allen, R.F., Population Pressures and the Quality of Human Life, Charles A. Jones Publishing Co., California, 1970. Gaustad, E.S., Allen, R.F., and Spivey, R.A. and in Religious Issues in World Culture Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., California 1974.
    The Aorta by Y. Idris Mundrus Artium, Vol. X, No. 1, 1977, pp. 83-88 (republished in In the Eye of the Beholder ed. R. Allen, Chicago, 1978).
    Playing House by Y. Idris Michigan Oriental Studies, ed. L. Orlin 1976, pp. 131-138.
    Heaven and I by Ihsan Abd al-Quddus. World and I, Washington, Feb. 1991, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 448-451.
    False Dawn by Naguib Mahfouz, World and I, Feb. 1992, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 432-449.

    Book Reviews
    Tuyur Aylul by Emilie Nasrallah, Middle East Forum, Vol. XXXIX, No. 7, July 1963, pp. 51.
    Britain's Moment in the Middle East by Elizabeth Monroe, Middle East Forum, Vol. XL, No. 2, March 1964, pp. 39.
    La Literature Arabe by Gaston Wiet, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 87, No. 3, July-September, 1967, pp. 312-313.
    Egypt: Military Society by A. Abdel-Malek, Middle East Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 1969, pp. 235-236.
    Poems of al-Mutanabbi--A Selection and Translations by A.J. Arberry, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 90, No. 2, April-June 1970, pp. 292-293.
    Enemy of the Sun: Poetry of Palestinian Resistance, ed. by N. Aruri and E. Ghareeb and A Lover from Palestine and Other Poems, ed. by A.W. el-Messiri, Middle East Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer 1971, pp. 422-423.
    Murder in Baghdad by S. Abd al-Sabur, translation by K. Semaan, Middle East Journal, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Autumn 1973), p. 526.
    Arabic Writing Today: The Short Story, ed. by M. Manzalaoui, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 93, No. 3, July-September, 1973.
    A Passage to France by Taha Husain, tranlsation by K. Cragg, Journal of American Oriental Society, Vol. 100, No. 1 and 2, Fall, 1980.
    The Saint's Lamp and Other Stories by Y. Haqqi, translated by M. Badawi, Journal of American Oriental Society, Vol. 97, No. 1, pp. 49-50.
    A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry, by M. Badawi and An Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry by M. Khoury and H. Algar, Middle East Journal Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 578-579.
    Mikha'il Nu'aymah: Promoter of the Arabic Literary Revival by C. Nijland, Middle East Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 579-590.
    K.A.S. El-Beheiry: L'influence de la Literature Francaise sur la Roman Arabe, Canadian Review of Comp. Literature, Vol. XI, No. 2, June 1984, pp. 341-343.
    A.F.L. Beeston et. al., Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period, in the Middle East Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter 1985, pp. 184-185.
    The Ship by J.I. Jabra (translation R. Allen), M.E.S.A. Bulletin 20, 1986, pp. 256-257.
    Semites and Anti-Semites by Bernard Lewis, Middle East Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, Summer 1987, pp. 457-459.
    Language and Literature in the Arab Middle East by Amir Ayala, Middle East Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3, Summer 1988, pp. 517-518.
    Early Arabic Drama and Modern Arabic Drama in Egypt by M.M. Badawi, I.J.M.E.S., Winter 1989.
    Studies in Contemporary Arabic Poetry and Criticism by M. Khouri, J.A.A.T.A., Summer 1989.
    The Arabic Novel by R. Allen, J.A.A.T.A., 1989.
    Origins of Modern Arabic Fiction by M. Moosa, J.A.A.T.A., 1989.
    The Short Fiction of Naguib Mahfouz by M. Moosa, Digest of Middle East Studies, 1996.
    Tradition and Modernity in Arabic Literature by I. J. Boullata dn T. DeYoung, Modern Fiction Studies, 1998.
    The Image of Arabs in Modern Persian Literature by J. B. Saad, Modern Fiction Studies, 1998