SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Alexandria Milton

BS, MA (SOAS)
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Overview

Alexandria Milton
Name:
Alexandria Milton
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Thesis title:
The Short Story as a Language of Demystified Modernities: A Study of Yūsuf Idrīs' and Julio Cortázar's Visualizing Aesthetics
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Biography

In 2011 I completed an MA in Near and Middle East Studies at SOAS, where I did a dissertation on the intersections of gender and aesthetics in the modern Egyptian novel. Thereafter I took a year to study Modern Standard Arabic before enrolling in a PhD at SOAS. My research focuses on the short story, particularly in Egypt and Argentina in the twentieth century. I submitted my thesis in September 2016.

As a PhD candidate, I served as a member of the Editorial Board for the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research for two years and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2014/15.

I have also worked in various capacities as an editor, writer, and consultant in print media. I am currently working in Collections and Archives at the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

PhD Research

My research concerns the short story, with special attention to Arabic and Latin American short stories of the twentieth century. My thesis seizes on the interconnected issues of brevity and visuality as central tenants of the short story's form, while also helping to elucidate the genre's situatedness vis a vis postcolonial studies and world literature. More specifically, it considers visualizing aesthetics in the short story as a language of social concern intended to intervene in societies undergoing profound transformation. My research helps to move short story criticism away from comparisons to the novel, which has served as a form of mystification, in John Berger's words, over the field, and has excluded non-"source" short story traditions from the broader debates of form and narrative.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Editor:

e-Book Editor:

  • Gianni, C. (2016). Preface to History of Libraries in the Islamic World: A Visual Guide. Gimiano Editore. Fano, Italy.

Conferences

Book Launch Organization:

  • 'The Intellectual and the People in Egyptian Literature and Culture: Amāra and the 2011 Revolution' by Ayman A El-Desouky. SOAS, University of London, UK. 13 March 2015

Conference Organization:

  • Title: ‘From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins’. SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference. SOAS, University of London, UK. 13 June 2014

Conference Presentations:

  • Title: 'The Mapmaker of Cairo: Yūsuf Idrīs and His Urban Symbols'. Narratives of Place in Literature, Film, and Folklore. University of Hawai'i at Hilo. 3 March 2016 Title: 'The Encroaching Subconscious: The Colonized individual in Julio Cortázar's "Bestiario"'. The Short Story: Circling Around a Genre? at University of Warwick, UK. 6 February 2016
  • Title: 'Commitment and Amāra in the Short Stories of Yusuf Idris'. A response paper at the book launch of 'The Intellectual and the People in Egyptian Literature and Culture: Amāra and the 2011 Revolution' by Ayman A El-Desouky. SOAS, University of London, UK. 13 March 2015
  • Title: 'Writing the National: The American Bedouin and Sarmiento’s Imaginary Modern Argentine'. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2014 Conference ‘The Middle East in Global Perspective: Interactions Across Time and Space’. University of Sussex, UK. 16 June 2014
  • Title: 'A Legacy of Performative Rhythms in a Latin American Short Story'. SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference, ‘From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins’. SOAS, University of London, UK. 13 June 2014
  • Title: 'Borges & Kant: A Treatment of Aesthetic Universalism in the Latin American Short Story'. SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference, ‘Critical Methods Beyond Eurocentrism’. SOAS, University of London, UK. 14 June 2013

Research

My research interests incorporate highly visual elements from the fields of aesthetics, phenomenology, geography, philosophy, and fine and performance arts.