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Established in 1920, the program in English and Comparative Literature introduces students to the way literature shapes individuals, societies and cultures. It trains students on how to read critically and prompts them to engage with the central problems of human experience.

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Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Department of English and Comparative Literature! It is the only department of English and Comparative Literature in the Arab world and one of the oldest departments at the American University in Cairo. Our department draws from the rich literary traditions of the Arab world, Africa, and the global South. The department has a distinguished faculty, comparatists and specialists in a broad range of areas, who have drawn upon our cross-cultural environment, contributed to new directions in the field, and rethought the study of comparative literature in the Arab world. 



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Academic Support

Department of English and Comparative Literature is available to support you and answer questions Sunday through Thursday 9 am- 3 pm.

For Student Inquiries and arranging zoom one to one meetings:

Ola Shanab

Email: oshanab@aucegypt.edu