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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

July Blalack

July Blalack
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. July Blalack is a scholar of Arabic Studies and World Literature. She holds a PhD in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies from SOAS, University of London and an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from Middlebury College. Last year her interdisciplinary article ''Hidāyat man ḥārā fī amr al-Naṣāra: The Western Sahara's Missing Witness at the International Court of Justice?" won the Mark Tessler Graduate Student Paper Prize from the American Institute of Maghrib Studies. July has also written for ArabLit.org, Words Without Borders, and NewLines.

July's pedagogy draws strongly from communicative and community-based approaches to literacy, and her teaching interests include Arabic as a Foreign Language, Digital Literacy, and Literature in Translation.

Research Interests:

  • Arabic Literature
  • Francophone Literature
  • World Literature
Courses
  • First-year Arabic
  • Arabic Media and Politics
Publications
  • Blalack, July (2021) 'Hidāyat man ḥārā fī amr al-Naṣāra: The Western Sahara's Missing Witness at the International Court of Justice?' L'Ouest Saharien: Cahiers d'Etudes Pluridisciplinaires, 12, pp. 15-32.

  • Blalack, July (2020) 'Al-Shaikh Māʾ al-ʿAynayn: Maghrebi-Saharan literary geographies on the eve of colonization.' Journal of the African Literature Association, 14 (3), pp. 407-419.

  • Blalack, July (2020) 'The Migration of Resistance and Solidarity: 'Abd Al-Qādir Al-JazāʼIrī’s Promotion of Hijra.' Mashriq & Mahjar Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies, 7 (2), pp. 27-47.

  • Blalack, July (2017) 'Chapter 18: Mauritania.' In: Hassan, Waïl S., (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 325-337.