Mrs Noura Algahtani

Mrs Noura Algahtani

PhD Candidate

Summary: Modern Arabic literature and Criticism Theory- Reception Theory- Cultural Studies

Overview

 Qualifications:

Commenced PhD study within AIMES (Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies) Department at the University of Leeds in April 2013.

2007   Master's Degree. King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah- Saudi Arabia.                                                    

2001   B.A   Arabic language & Literature. King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah- Saudi Arabia.                                                              

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

My research interests fall into several broad categories: Arabic literature, Women’s Writing, Reception theory and Cultural Studies. My first book, al-Rajul fi al-Riwaya al-Nisaiyya al-Saudiyya: al-Sura wa al-Dilala (The Image of Men in the Saudi Women’s Novel), focuses on the image of a man as it appears in various fictional accounts written by Saudi women novelists between the years 1990 and 2003. The selected novels provide a big range of male characters, but very few of them are endowed with commendable traits. As the plots thicken, 65.6 % of the males invariably exhibit negative attitudes and typical prejudices. A second, is a chapter entitled “The Philosophy of Love in Abdullah Al-Jafri’s Writings”. It shows some basic characteristics of al-Jafri’s view of love, explained how love is presented in his literary works. My thesis aims to explore the reception of contemporary Saudi novels, and draw comparisons between Arab and Western responses to these particular novels. In looking at the hermeneutic practices of Arab and Western readers, different ‘interpretive communities’ will be identified and investigated. It is also important to examine the factors that draw readers to particular novels and lead to their translation and their popularity, which have primarily ranked among the Saudi’s top-selling books. My current research interests stem from my desire to understand fundamental aspects of Reception theory and Cultural diversity. These fundamental aspects allow us to understand broader themes such as: what factors prompted a particular interest among readers and how different groups of readers respond to some novels. Part of my current research focus is to consider how the process of translation has contributed to the dissemination of novels by Saudi writers, transforming these into ‘World Literature’ within the global literary market. I have also published essays in various Arabic literary supplements. While my publications on Arabic literature vary considerably, the connecting theme is on accountability and how to ask new questions.

CONFERENCES AND PAPERS                                                                          

*2016. The Saudi Novel Goes Global: Modes of ‘Virtual’ Reception. A paper presented at the Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2016: “Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace”, at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, on 13 – 15 July.

*2016. Literary Prizes: Redrawing the Boundaries Between the Periphery and the Centre of Arabic Literature. A paper presented at Venice 2016: International Journal of Arts and Sciences Academic Conference, June 28- July 1, at Ca'  Foscari University of Venice, Italy.                                

*2016. The Impact of Ultraconservative Readings on the Reception of Contemporary Saudi Novels. A paper presented   at The WEI International Academic Conference on Education and Humanities April 11-15, at Vienna University, Austria.

*2015. The Saudi Novel Goes Global: Readers and Responses. A poster presented at Arts/PVAC Poster Conference  2015 on 23 October, at the University of Leeds.                                                                            

 *2015. Contemporary Saudi Women Writers: Lifting the Veil.  A paper presented at the Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2015: Liberation? at London School of Economics and Political Science .(LSE), on 24 - 26 June.

* 2009. A Member of the Saudi cultural delegation in Saudi cultural days in Yemen.        

* 2009. "Aesthetic Language between Death and Rebirth in the Saudi Novel".  A paper presented at the Conference of   the Novel in the Arabian Peninsula, organized by Jeddah Literary Club.          

 * 2009. " The Saudi women’s Novel: Potentials and Challenges".A paper presented at the International Book Exhibition in Khartoum within the cultural activity of the Saudi delegation participating in the exhibition. 

*2009. " Aesthetics of the Sudanese culture: the rhythms and surprising moments of the life". A paper presented a the Association of Sudanese journalists in Riyadh 05/11/2009.

* 2009. "Arab Critics and novelists: the crisis of absence and questions of estrangement". A paper presented at Abdul Salam Ujayli: the fifth festival of the Arab novel, Syria, December 7th – 10th.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2016. The Impact of Socio-Cultural Contexts on the Reception of Contemporary Saudi Novels. Sociology. 6 (2).

 2009. al-Rajul fi al-Riwaya al-Nisaiyya al-Saudiyya: al-Sura wa al-Dilala (The Image of Men in the Saudi Women’s Novel). Damascus: Dar Algalam.                                                                                                             

2009."The Philosophy of Love in Abdullah Al-Jafri’s writings" In: Farooq Banjar, (ed.) Abdullah Al-Jafri: creative words and the voice  of conscience. Riyadh:  Dar Almufradat.                                                                 

2008. Narration from Memory in the Saudi Women's Novel. Alatam. (32), August.