SPECIALIST IN MODERN ARABIC STUDIES.
ABOUT WAED ATHAMNEH
Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies
Waed Athamneh is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies at Connecticut College. She received a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on modern Arabic poetry and 20th-century Arab politics.
Athamneh's book, Modern Arabic Poetry: Revolution and Conflict, is with University of Notre Dame Press. Athamneh's articles have appeared in Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Before Joining Connecticut College, she taught at Indiana University and Claremont McKenna College. Athamneh teaches courses in Arabic language, literature and culture.
Athamneh with Stephen Little of University of Notre Dame Press and fellow authors: Muhsin al-Musawi, Jaroslav Stetkevych, and Samer Ali.
At Connecticut College, Athamneh is the chair of the Committee on the Status of Faculty Women and the Director of the Arabic Program. She is also a member of Middle East Studies Association, American Association of University Women, and Modern Language Association.
Waed Athamneh's Publications on Modern Arabic Literature and Culture
University of Notre Dame Press
Athamneh's book examines how radical political changes in the twentieth-century Arab world inspired major transitions and new directions in modern Arabic poetry.
Women, Writing, and Politics in SonAllah Ibrahim’s That smell and Notes from Prison
Middle Eastern Studies Journal
Athamneh's article explores SonAllah's novel and the way political corruption overrides basic human and women's rights in the Arab world.
The Poetic Voices of Ahmad Abd al-Muti Hijazi 1950-2011
Arab Studies Quarterly Journal
Athamneh examines the poetic voices of Egyptian poet Ahmad Hijazi in five representative poems written between 1950 and 2011.
Engaging the Authoritarian State: Voices of Protest in Syria
Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies
In this article, Athamneh captures how the protesters during the 2011 Syrian Uprising challenged the Assad regime and undermined its dominant narratives.
Articles, Reports and Interviews with Waed Athamneh
The College Voice
Athamneh teaches the works of Arab women writers. She explores a profound selection of literature by contemporary Arab women who wrote of feminism, gender, family and other topics neglected in western media.
Athamneh launches a new international Arabic program. Each summer, Athamneh leads a group of 10 students to study Arabic language, literature, and culture in Irbid, Jordan.
As part of a series of talks on the Arab Spring, Athamneh invites a scholar and an eyewitness on the Libyan uprising. Mr. Hasan describes his 23-hour journey fleeing through the Libyan Desert with his wife as the battles escalated.
What's it like to travel to an Arab country, specifically Jordan, for six weeks? What experience might undergraduate students from the U.S. have? And what can they learn? Athamneh helps students navigate new settings in a premier cultural immersion program.
A Selection of Waed Athamneh's Courses
War and Exile in Arabic Literature
Themes of alienation, loss, intellectual and physical displacement in modern Arabic poetry and fiction.
Arab Women Writers
Literary works by modern and contemporary Arab women writers. Students develop a critical understanding of the social, political, gender, religious, and cultural issues raised by Arab women writers.
Modern Arabic Literature
Modern Arabic literary works in poetry and fiction. Students examine how major political transformations, cultural ideologies, and literary movements have shaped twentieth-century Arabic literature.
Modern Arabic Poetry and Politics
The dialectical link between politics and poetry in the modern Arab world. Political upheavals include the 1967 war and the fall of Nasserism, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Arab Uprising.
A critical examination of contemporary Arabic media, focusing on key political, economic, and social issues that influence the modern Arab world.
Students develop Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced proficiency in modern standard Arabic as well as colloquial Arabic.
Photos of Waed Athamneh's Classes
War: A Woman's Perspective
Students chat with Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, author of The Story of Zahra, in one of Waed Athamneh's classes.
Arab LGBTQ Movement
An outside discussion in Arabic on LGBTQ struggle for equal rights in the Arab world. Students examine the rising role of artists and activists in LGBTQ movements.
A Female. An Academic.
Students in Athamneh's class during a video conference with Dr. Rula Quawas from Jordan, a feminist activist, writer, and critic.
Defying Patriarchal Society
Students in Athamneh's class discuss women's rights in the Arab world, and discrimination of Arab female academics.