Nevine El Nossery

Credentials: PhD, Université de Montréal, 2000

Position title: Associate Professor, French and African Cultural Studies


Phone: 262-7940

660 Van Hise Hall

Primary language



Francophone and North-African studies; art and politics; women’s literature and art; popular culture, Middle-Eastern literature and culture.


  • Vilas Associates Research Fellowship Award “Women, Art, and Revolution” (2019-21)
  • UW Fall 2017 Honored Instructor Award
  • Sabbatical research leave (Fall 2015)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Guiding Themes in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence” (2014)
  • MESP International Institute Research Award (2013)
  • Graduate School Fall Competition Research Grant (2018, 2015, 2014, and 2011, ’10, ’09, ’08)
  • First-Year Interest Group Grant (2013)
  • Book Subvention from the UW-Madison Provost’s Office (2012)
  • European Studies Alliance course development grant (2012)
  • Course development grant, International Association for Quebec Studies (2011)
  • European Studies Alliance course development grant, UW-Madison (2011)
  • Resident Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison (2010)
  • Course development grant, Middle East Studies Program, UW-Madison (2009)
  • Research Grant from the Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison (2008)


Women, Art, and Revolutions. From the Singularities to the Multitudes of the Arab Spring (book), forthcoming 2021.


  • Témoignages fictionnels au féminin. Une réécriture des blancs de la guerre civile algérienne. Amsterdam & New York, Rodopi, 2013.

Edited Books

  • Egypt in Focus: Creativity in Adversarial Contexts (guest editor for a special issue in the Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA), forthcoming 2021.
  • The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013.
  • Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinements et renégociations. Sarrebruck, Éditions Universitaires Européennes, 2011.

Selected Book Chapters and Articles

“Poésie-danger or the Pleasure of Contestation in Assia Djebar’s Far from Madina,” in Voices of Freedom from Asia and the Middle East, SUNY Press (forthcoming 2021).

La folie et la mort de Ken Bugul ou l’écriture du débordement” in L’Érudit franco-espagnol 14 (2020).

“Fissures of Trespass: Women as Agents of Transgression amid National Disenchantment.” In State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa. Enchantings, edited by Tejumola Olaniyan. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2017): 135-154.

“Women, Art, and Revolution in the Streets of Egypt.” In Women Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring, edited by Fatima Sadiqi. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2016): 143- 159.

“Texte et photographie ou le devenir mémoriel dans Un amour de tn : Carnet photographique d’un retour au pays natal après la révolution de Dora Latiri,” Women in French, 24 (2016): 84-97.

“The Fictionalization of History in Maïssa Bey’s Entendez-vous dans les montagnes…” Journal of North African Studies 21.2 (2016): 273-84.

Autoportrait en vert de Marie NDiaye ou le speculum de l’Autre”, French Review 88.3 (2015): 121-133.

“L’esthétique du fragment dans l’œuvre photo-textuelle de Leïla Sebbar” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 29.1 (2015): 70-81.

“Women Creative Performance: a Risk of Trespass.” In Women Taking Risks in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives (2013): 147-162.

“Traduire la souffrance au féminin dans la littérature et le cinéma francophones.” In The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (2013): 265- 284.

“La traversée des frontières chez Malika Mokeddem: un risque au feminin.” In  Frictions et devenirs dans les écritures migrantes au féminin. Enracinements et renégociations (2011): 149- 166.

 Book Reviews

Rachel Bouvet. Le vent des rives. Chronique. Montréal, Mémoire d’encrier, 2014. Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, 2016.

Elisabethe, Elie. Didiiiii. Légendes contemporaines. Cedex : La Doxa Editions, 2013. Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 30.1., 2015.

Martin, Florence. Screens and Veils: Maghrebi Women’s Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University press, 2011. Women in French, 2014.

Other Publications

Translation into Arabic of Nancy Huston’s essay, Nord perdu (Losing the North). Cairo: Sharqueyat, 2005.


Documentary “She was at Tahrir Square” (2012, 57 minutes). Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution and interviews with nine Egyptian women on their different political affiliations. The documentary was shown in several universities and community venues.