Literature and Comparison: Nation and Narration The next session in the Literature and Comparison Seminar Series will feature a talk by Dr Stella Borg Barthet on “Nation and Narration in Contemporary Egyptian Writers.” The seminar will be held on Monday March 13 in the Gateway Building, Hall C.

Dr Borg Barthet’s paper examines the interface between history and literature in the negotiation of new forms of nationhood. This is done through a reading of two contemporary narratives by Egyptian-American women : The Cairo House by Samia Serageldin, and A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed.

Dr Borg Barthet is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Malta, where she teaches courses on postcolonial literature and theory, and nineteenth-century English and American writing. She has published articles on African and Australian writing, and is currently editing the proceedings of the conference of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (which she convened in Malta last year). The proceedings are to be published by Rodopi next year. Dr Borg Barthet was also a member of the adjudication panel for the Eurasian region in the 2005 competition for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.