Margaret Litvin


Director of Middle East & North Africa Studies (2016-17);
Associate Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature


BA Yale University
MA University of Chicago
PhD University of Chicago

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Margaret Litvin writes about modern Arabic drama and political culture. Her book, Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011), examines the many reworkings of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in postcolonial Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Her current book project (working titleArab Writers, Moscow Dreams: Forgotten Flows of Twentieth-Century Culture) explores the educational and cultural ties between the Soviet Union and several Arab countries during and since the Cold War, tracing their effects on Arabic literature and theatre. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (2006) and has been an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center.  Her articles and reviews have appeared in Critical Survey, theJournal of Arabic LiteratureShakespeare StudiesShakespeare Yearbook, and Shakespeare Bulletin.  At BU she advises the Arabic minor and teaches courses on Arabic language and literature (both in Arabic and in English translation), as well as seminars on “Global Shakespeares” and on the worldwide appropriation of the 1001 Nights. She directs the Interdisciplinary BA in Middle East and North Africa Studies

Professor Litvin has lived and studied in Egypt and traveled extensively to Lebanon; she speaks Arabic, Russian, French, and Spanish.