PROFILE: CAROL FADDA CONREY
New Syracuse University faculty member Carol Fadda-Conrey’s work situates Arab-American literature with- in the U.S. ethnic canon while underscoring its transcontinental and cross-cultural connections to the Arab world. She argues for a nuanced understanding of Arab and Arab-American communal and individual iden- tities, primarily as represented in literature, thus aiming to counter the demonization of Arab- and Muslim- Americans, especially after 9/11. Joining the English Department, Fadda-Conrey is interested in analyzing the ties that connect Arab-American writers with other U.S. minority writers including Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, and Latino/as, delineating the common historical, cultural, and political con- cerns permeating these groups’ literary traditions.
The study of Arab-America, however, cannot be undertaken in isolation from the Arab world, which is why Fadda-Conrey emphasizes the effect of Middle Eastern geopolitical, religious, social, linguistic, and histori- cal factors on Arab-Americans’ diasporic perspective. Her interest in Middle Eastern literature encompasses thematic explorations of war, trauma, gender, faith and politics, citizenship, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and food as represented in poetry, novels, non-fiction, plays, music, blogs, memoirs, and literary criticism from the Middle East and its diaspora.
Fadda-Conrey has been an instructor of English at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and has taught various literature and composition courses at Purdue University and St. Joseph’s University. She is very excited about coming to SU and looks forward to engaging in interdisciplinary dialogue with students and other faculty members.