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Department of French and Italian
Nasrin Qadar Faculty

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Nasrin Qader

Nasrin Qader is Associate professor of French, holding a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of African Languages and Literatures. Trained as a comparatist, Qader consistently brings together Francophone African literature, Arabic literature of the Maghreb, Islamic thought and mysticism, and contemporary literary and visual theory. In 2009-2010, she was awarded a New Directions Fellowship by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which allowed her to study the religious and literary traditions of India. In particular, she is interested in the Persian and Hindi literatures of India as well as philosophies of Hinduism.

Nasrin Qader is the author of articles on French and Arabic literature of Africa. She has written on the work of Mohammad Barradah, Abdelkébir Khatibi, Abdelfattah Kilito and Tahar ben Jelloun of Morocco; on Moussa Ouled Ebnou of Mauritania; and on Boubacar Boris Diop of Senegal. Her first book, Narratives of Catastrophe: Boris Diop, ben Jelloun, Khatibi (Fordham University Press, 2009) studies the relationship between récit (narration, story) and catastrophe, weaving literary texts by these three authors with the thought of Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, Ibn Arabi and others. Her second book tentatively titled The Folds of Light and Shadow: On Visuality and Writing studies the interactions between film theory and literary theory as she examines the ways in which the notion of the fold illuminates the artistic practices in works from North and West Africa. Qader also works on contemporary Persian literature. A forthcoming article from Modern Philology explores the photographic dimensions of the Afghan writer and filmmaker, Atiq Rahimi’s novella Khak o Khakestar (1998) (Earth and Ashes [2002]).

Qader has lectured in venues within the US and internationally. In the summer of 2012, she participated in the Institute for World Literature organized by Harvard University and Bilgi University, Istanbul, exploring the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of this method of literary inquiry.

Nasrin Qader is an active member of the core faculty of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and the Program of African Studies.  She serves as the co-director of the French Interdisciplinary Group (FIG) She is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.


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