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Mary Layoun

Mary Layoun

Expert on comparative study of modern cultures, literature and politics of eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Japan, U.S.

Professor, comparative literature College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-9767 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Comparative modern cultures, literature and politics in Arabic, English, French, Greek and Japanese and their translation
  • Nationalism and narratives of other communities
  • Gender, community and citizenship
  • International comic books and history
  • Comparative race and ethnicity in and beyond the U.S.
  • Visual culture, narrative and rhetoric


  • Outstanding Woman of Color Award, UW-Madison, 2008
  • Modern Language Association executive council, 2004-08
  • Author, "Wedded to the Land?: Gender, Boundaries, and Nationalism-in-Crisis," 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, 2006; UW-Madison Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999
  • Author, "Travels of a Genre: Ideology and the Modern Novel," 1990, (Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1991)
  • Fulbright Research Award, 1989-90