Ihab Hassan (author page at Amazon) is a distinguished American literary critic and writer whose career spans the twentieth century from the New Criticism to Postmodernism and beyond. Born in Cairo, he emigrated to the United States. Educated as an electrical engineer, he emigrated to literature and cultural studies. He holds degrees (BS, MS, MA, PhD) in both science and literature as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Uppsala in Sweden and Giessen in Germany.
His work ranges from a pioneering study of postwar American fiction, Radical Innocence, to critiques of the mavericks and giants of contemporary writing, The Dismemberment of Orpheus; from explorations of travel and quest in Selves at Risk, to perceptions of his own life’s journey, in Out of Egypt and Between the Eagle and the Sun: Traces of Japan. His The Postmodern Turn has become a classic reference on the subject.
Ihab has received two Guggenheim and three Fulbright Fellowships, is the author of fifteen books of essays and memoirs, and of many short stories, published in such journals as New England Review, The Antioch Review, AGNI, and Pleiades. He has just completed a novelette and stories with Egyptian backgrounds, “The Changeling and Other Stories.” (updated 4/2014)
AGNI has published the following work by Ihab Hassan:
|•Despots in the Sand: A Quizzical Memoir|