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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang

BA, BEd (Tripoli), MA, MPhil, PhD (Columbia)

Overview

Wen-chin Ouyang
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East

Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature

Centre for Gender Studies

Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Name:
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4348
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
435
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 1-2pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

Biography

My interest in film is part of my broader interest in critical theory. I’m particularly interested in the production of meaning located in semiological systems constructed around word, image and sound. My interest in cinema stems from this. I think Cinema has transformed the way we know precisely because of the combination and overlapping of at least three semiological systems.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Alexandria Milton, Beyond the Periphery: Spatial Approaches to Human Experience in the Short Story
  • Charis Bredin, Creaturely Encounters: Animals in the Libyan literary imaginary
  • Cleo Jay, Moroccan Theatre in the Post-Lead Years: Performing Identity, Politics and Society
  • Irene Fernandez Ramos, Performing immobility: Space, the individual-collective body and the narratives of oppression in Contemporary Palestinian Theatre
  • Maha Abdel Megeed, Muwaylihi's Isa ibn Hisham: Between 18th-Century Revival and 19th-Century Neoclassical Renaissance
  • Nathanael Mannone, Between Dissent and Co-optation: An Exploration of film, music, and quotidian humour in revolutionary Tunisia
  • Nora E.H. Parr, Intertextuality in Palestinian Literature: Novel Formulations of Nation-ness
  • Peter Phillips, Poetry in the Arabic Popular Epic
  • Peter Webb, The Pre-Islamic Past: The 'Idea' of History and Historical Reconstruction
  • Poonkulaly Gunaseelan, ‘Breaking taboos (?)’: Representations of rape in post 1970s Indian-English literature
  • Siba Aldabbagh, Word and Image in Visual Art and Poetry from the Arab World
  • Yiming Shen, Chinese Islamic text studies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: A case study of Chinese translations of Jāmī’s Persian Sufi prose

Inaugural Lecture

The Curious Life of Objects in the Arabian Nights: what can food, gems and clothes tell us about cultural encounters by Wen-chin Ouyang

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2013) Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2012) Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (1997) Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition. Edinburgh University Press.

Edited Books

Ouyang, Wen-chin, ed. (2014) The Arabian Nights: An Anthology. London: Random House. (Everyman's Library)

Ouyang, Wen-Chin, ed. (2012) Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias: The Spatiality of Human Experience and Literary Expression. Special issue of the Middle Eastern Literatures 15(3). London: Taylor and Francis.

Omri, Mohamed-Saleh and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, eds. (2007) The Novelization of Islamic Literatures. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (Comparative Critical Studies, 4 (3))

Ouyang, Wen-Chin and van Gelder, Geert Jan, eds. (2005) New perspectives on Arabian nights: ideological variations and narrative horizons. London: Routledge.

Hart, Stephen and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, eds. (2005) A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin, ed. (2004) Ideological Variations and Narrative Horizons: New Perspectives on the Arabian Nights. Basingstoke: Francis and Taylor. (Middle Eastern literatures 7(2). Special issue)

Book Chapters

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2014) 'Mujun, Junun, Funun.' In: The Rude, the Bad, and the Ugly: Essays in Honour of Professor Geert Jan van Gelder. Oxford: Oxbow Books, Gibb Memorial Trust, pp. 7-12.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2013) 'Silenced Cultural Encounters in Poetry of War.' In: Kennedy, Hugh, (ed.), Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East. London; New York: I. B. Tauris, pp. 167-192.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2011) 'Lost in Nostalgia: Modernity's Repressed Other.' In: Translation, Trauma, Tradition: The Classic and the Modern. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 191-210. (Classical Presences)

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2010) 'Dramas of Encounter: al-Shidyaq on Arab, English and French Women.' In: Chraibi, Aboubakr, (ed.), Tropes du Voyage: Encontres. Paris: l'Harmattan.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2009) 'The Arabian Nights in Chinese and English Translations: Differing Patterns of Cultural Encounter.' In: Chraibi, Aboubakr and Ramirez, Carmen, (eds.), Les Mille et une nuits et le recit oriental: En Espagne et en Occident. Paris: L’Harmattan, pp. 371-400.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2008) 'Utopian Fantasy or Dystopian Nightmare: Trajectories of Desire in Classical Arabic and Chinese Fiction.' In: Chraibi, Aboubakr and Bauden, Frederic and Ghersetti, Antonella, (eds.), Le repertoire narrative arabe medieval: transmission et ouverture. Geneve: Droz, pp. 323-351.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2008) 'Text, Space and the Individual in the Poetry of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab.' In: Ostle, Robin, (ed.), Sensibilities of the Islamic Mediterranean: Self Expression in a Muslim Culture from Post-Classical Times to the Present Day. London: I. B. Tauris.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2008) 'Mapping Arab Womanhood: Identity Politics and Narratives of Arab Women.' In: Ostle, Robin, (ed.), Sensibilities of the Islamic Mediterranean: Self Expression in a Muslim Culture from Post-Classical Times to the Present Day. London: I. B. Tauris, pp. 174-193.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2007) 'Literature as Performance: The Theatre of al-Hatimi's Al-rasila al-mudiha.' In: Chraibi, A., (ed.), Classer les recits: Theories and pratiques. L'Harmattan, pp. 115-145.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2006) 'English Translation of Arabic Literature.' In: France, Peter and Haynes, Kenneth, (eds.), Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, Vol. 4 (1790-1900). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 323-331.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2005) ''Introduction' to Part IV: Empire, Nation, Magic.' In: Hart, Stephen M. and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, (eds.), A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis, pp. 225-227.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2005) ''Introduction' to Part III: The Politics of Magic.' In: Hart, Stephen M. and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, (eds.), A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis, pp. 153-154.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2005) 'Genres, Ideologies, Genre Ideologies and Narrative Transformation.' In: Ouyang, Wen-Chin and van Gelder, Geert Jan, (eds.), New Perspectives on the Arabian Nights: Ideological Variations and Narrative Horizons. Routledge, pp. 9-15.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2005) 'Beyond Magical Realism: Ideology of Fantasy.' In: Hart, Stephen M. and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, (eds.), A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis, pp. 13-20.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2005) 'Theorizing Narrative, Narritivizing Theory: A Novel Interpretation of One Thousand and One Nights.' In: Joly, Jean-Luc and Kilito, Abdelfattah, (eds.), Les Mille et Une Nuits: Du texte au mythe. Morocco: Universite Mohammed V de Rabat, pp. 175-197.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2005) 'Whose Story Is It?: Sindbad the Sailor in Literature and Film.' In: Ouyang, Wen-Chin and van Gelder, Geert Jan, (eds.), New Perspectives on the Arabian Nights: Ideological Variations and Narrative Horizons. Routledge, pp. 1-15.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2005) 'From The Thousand and One Nights to Magical Realism: Postnational Predicament in The Journey of Little Ghandi by Elias Khoury.' In: Hart, Stephen and Ouyang, Wen-Chin, (eds.), A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis, pp. 267-280.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2004) 'Idéologie du genre et subjectivité auctoriale dans les Mille et une nuit de Pasolini.' In: Chraibi, Aboubkr, (ed.), Les Mille et Une Nuit en partage. Sindbad Actes Sud, pp. 81-94.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2002) 'From Beirut to Beirut: Exile, Wandering and Homecoming in the Narratives of Etel Adnan.' In: Majaj, Lisa and Amireh, Amal, (eds.), Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist. McFarland and Co., pp. 67-88.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1996) 'The Thousand and One Nights.' In: McGreal, Ian P., (ed.), Great Literature of the Eastern World. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, pp. 470-478.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1996) 'The Maqamat of al-Hamadhani and al-Hariri.' In: McGreal, Ian P., (ed.), Great Literature of the Eastern World. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, pp. 488-495.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1993) 'Princess of Resolution: The Emergence of al-Amira Dhat al-Himma, a Medieval Arab Warrior Woman.' In: Ross, Lena, (ed.), To Speak or Be Silent. Wilmette: Chiron Publications, pp. 197-209.

Articles

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2014) 'The Qur'an and Identity in Contemporary Chinese Fiction.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 16 (3). pp. 63-84.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2014) 'Intertextuality and Transformation: Collective Memory in Arabic and Chinese Narratives of History (in Arabic).' Alif, A Journal of Comparative Poetics (34). pp. 109-135.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2012) 'Preface: Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias: The Spatiality of Human Experience and Literary Expression.' Middle Eastern Literatures, 15 (3). pp. 227-231.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2009) 'An Ethical Underworld?: Legendary Con Artists in Arabic Vernacular Fiction.' Oriente Moderno, LXXXIX . pp. 407-424.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2007) 'Fictive Mode, ‘Journey to the West’, and Transformation of Space: Discourses of Modernisation in ‘Ali Mubarak’s ‘Alam al-Din.' Comparative Critical Studies, 4 (3). pp. 331-358.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2007) 'Interview with Haifa Zangana.' Comparative Critical Studies, 4 (3). pp. 447-453.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2004) 'Whose Story Is It? Sindbad the Sailor in Literature and Film.' Middle Eastern Literatures, 7 (2). pp. 133-147.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2004) 'Genre, Ideologies, Genre Ideologies and Narrative Transformation.' Middle Eastern Literatures, 7 (2). pp. 125-132.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2003) 'Metamorphoses of Scheherazade in Literature and Film.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (3). pp. 402-418.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2003) 'The Dialectic of Past and Present in Rihlat Ibn Fattuma by Najib Mahfuz.' Edebiyat: Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures, 14 (1-2). pp. 81-107.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2002) 'The Epical Turn of Romance: Love in the Narrative of ‘Umar al-Nu‘man.' Oriente Moderno, 19 (1). pp. 485-504.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2000) 'Romancing the Epic: "Umar al-Nu" man as narrative of empowerment.' Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures, 3 (1). pp. 5-18.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (1999) 'The Imagined Modern Nation in Al-farafir by Yusuf Idris.' Modern Language Quarterly, 60 (3). pp. 379-408.

Ouyang, Wen-chin (1998) 'A novel in the form of an ode: the power of Ghassan Kanafani's narrative in Ma tabaqqa lakum.' Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures, 1 (2). pp. 223-231.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1997) 'Feminist Discourse between Art and Ideology: Four Novels by Nawal El Saadawi.' Al-‘Arabiyya, 30 . pp. 96-113.

Book Reviews

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2008) 'Review of Roger Allen and D. S. Richards (eds), 'Arabic literature in the Post-Classical Period'.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 40 . pp. 708-710.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2003) 'Review of Algerian White, 'Assia Djebar' and Hanan al-Shaykh, 'Only in London'.' Wasafiri, 40 . p. 60.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2002) 'Review of Dwight F. Reynolds, 'Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 65 (3). pp. 574-576.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1996) 'Review of Nawal Al-Sa dawi, 'Woman at Point Zero' and 'The Circling Song'.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 28 (03). pp. 457-460.

Ouyang, Wen-Chin (1995) 'Review of Joseph Zeidan, 'Arab Women Novelists: The Formative Years and Beyond'.' Al-‘Arabiyya .

Other

Ouyang, Wen-chin (2011) 'Interextuality, Ideology and Culture: Trajectories of Narratological Inquiries in Ancient Near and Middle Eastern Literatures.' In: Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Literary and Linguistic Approaches. Leuven: Peeters. pp. 539-549.

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