Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature lecture on illiteracy in modern Egypt

January 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Allan, associate professor of comparative literature and David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar at the University of Oregon, will present ”Thresholds of World Literature: Illiteracy in Modern Egypt” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in 102 Kern Building.

Allan recently completed his first book, “In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt” (Princeton 2016), and is currently writing a book on the travels of the Lumière Brothers film company across North Africa and the Middle East. Beginning in February, he will be an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Forum for Transregional Studies in Berlin connected to the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at Philipps University in Marburg.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.

Last Updated January 19, 2017