"Nation-Writing and Canon-Making: An Intellectual History of Palestinian Critiques in/of Exile 1948-67"
In my PhD thesis, I offer the first comprehensive study of critical writing traditions in the Arab East, with a particular focus on Palestinian contributions in literary and poetry criticism (naqd al-adab wa ash-shi'r), cultural critique (an-naqd ath-thaqafi), and critiques of critique (naqd an-naqd) after 1948. In this intellectual history, I explore in particular the relation fixing writing and politics in the post-war Arab East and argue that nations are not simply written but are likewise canonized.
My research received generous support from institutions in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Over a period of 18 months, I visited official and unofficial archival sites in Beirut and Amman and had the privilege of interviewing the foremost of Palestinian and Arab intellectuals.