Nouri Gana was born and educated in Tunisia and later studied and taught in Canada and the United States. He earned a BA from Université de Manouba, Tunisia (1997), and both an MA (1999) and a Ph.D. (2004) from Université de Montréal, Québec. He previously taught at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and the University of Michigan, Dearborn, before arriving at UCLA in 2007 to hold a joint appointment in the Departments of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He received several awards, including a Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship & a Rackham Faculty Research Grant from the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He teaches and researches in the intersecting fields of modern and contemporary multilingual Arab literatures and cultures of North Africa and the Middle East; Arab popular music and film; comparative ethnic, Muslim and Arab diasporas studies, namely in Euro-Americas; and postcolonial and modernist comparative cultural studies. He is open to doctoral projects in any of the above and other related fields, but welcomes in particular those that seek to elaborate new approaches to the relations between the poetics and the politics of literatures and cultures.
He published numerous articles and chapters on the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its diasporas in such scholarly venues as Comparative Literature Studies, PMLA, Public Culture and Social Text. He also contributed op-eds to such magazines and international newspapers as The Guardian, El Pais, The Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya and CounterPunch. He is the author of Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), and the editor of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh UP, 2013). He is currently completing a book manuscript on the cultural politics of melancholia in the Arab world and another on the history of cultural dissent in colonial and postcolonial Tunisia.
1. Books/Edited Volumes
The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects (Edinburgh UP, 2013), editor
The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh UP, 2013), editor
Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), author
Narrative Violence: Africa and the Middle East, special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 28.1 (2008), co-editor
2. Articles/Book Chapters
"Rap and Revolt in the Arab World," Social Text 30.4 (2012): 25-53.
"Enduring Left Melancholia: Mahfouz's The Beggar and the Nasserite Intellectual," in MLA Approaches to the Works of Naguib Mahfouz, eds., Waïl S. Hassan and Susan Muaddi Darraj (MLA 2012): 65-84.
"War, Poetry, Mourning: Darwish, Adonis, Iraq," Public Culture 22.1 (2010): 33-65.
"Formless Form: Elias Khoury's City Gates and the Poetics of Trauma," Comparative Literature Studies 47.4 (2010): 504-532.
"Bourguiba's Sons: Melancholy Manhood in Modern Tunisian Cinema," The Journal of North African Studies 15.1 (2010): 105-126.
"Everyday Arabness: The Poethics of Arab Canadian Literature and Culture," CR: The New Centennial Review 9.2 (2009): 21-44.
“Introduction: Race, Islam, and the Task of Muslim and Arab American Writing,” PMLA 123.5 (2008): 1573-1580.
“In Search of Andalusia: Reconfiguring Arabness in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent,”Comparative Literature Studies 45.2 (2008): 228-246.
“Reel Violence: Paradise Now and the Collapse of the Spectacle,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 28.1 (2008): 20-37.
“The Vicissitudes of Melancholia in Freud and Joyce,”James Joyce Quarterly 44.1 (2007):95-109, [Reprint in Short Story Criticism, forthcoming].
“Of Contrapuntology: Said’s Freud.” Theory & Event 7.2 (2004).
“Revolutionaries without a Revolution: The Case of Julia Kristeva,”College Literature 31.4 (2004):188-202.
“Remembering Forbidding Mourning: Repetition, Indifference, Melanxiety, Hamlet,”Mosaic 37.2 (2004): 59-78.
“Beyond the Pale: Toward an Exemplary Relationship between the Judge and the Literary Critic,”Law and Literature 15.3 (2003): 313-343.
“The Poetics of Mourning: The Tropologic of Prosopopoeia in Joyce’s “The Dead.”American Imago 60.2 (2003): 159-178.
“Horizons of Desire, Horizons of Mourning: Joyce’s Dubliners.” Études Irlandaises 28.1 (2003): 25-43.
“The Specter of Relativism: A Critical Review of Norman Holland’s Models of Reader-Response,” Modern Criticism, eds. Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, (2002), 25-59.
“Toward an Exemplary Relationship between the Judge and the Literary Critic,” Modern Criticism, eds. Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2002), 209-243.
“Donne Undone: The Journey of Psychic Re-Integration in Wilson Harris’s Palace of the Peacock,” Ariel 32.1 (2001): 153-170.
“Forbidden Otherness: Jane’s Plain Regress,” The Atlantic Literary Review 2:1 (2001): 1-23. [On Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre]
Review of Akher film/Making-Of by Nouri Bouzid, Farafina 15 (2008),“Remapping Africanness” special issue.
Review of De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage, International Fiction Review 34.1&2 (2007): 196-98.
Review of Symbolic Loss: The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century’s End by Peter Homans. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 10.2 (2005): 225-28.
Review of Eros in Mourning by Henry Staten. Cultural Critique 61 (2005): 224-230.
Review of The Work of Mourning, by Jacques Derrida. SubStance 32.1 (2003): 150-155
"The Battle for Tunisia's Identity," The Guardian (10/22/2011)
“Libya’s Tragedy, Gaddafi’s Farce,” The Electronic Intifada (02/22/2011)
“Revolution is an Export Tunisia Can be Proud of,” The Electronic Intifada (02/08/2011)
“Let’s Not Forget About Tunisia,” Jadaliyya (01/30/2011),
“After Tunisia,” The Guardian (01/28/2011)
“Arab Despise Thyself,” Counterpunch (02/17/2010)