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Mattar, Karim

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  • Karim Mattar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a transdisciplinary humanist interested in questions of literature, culture, social experience, history, technology, capital, and power in the contemporary world. His areas of research and teaching expertise include world literature, the history of the novel, the Middle East, the Israel / Palestine conflict, and critical theory.


  • World literature, history of the novel, comparative Middle Eastern literatures and cultures, the Israel / Palestine conflict, Orientalism, the humanities, critical theory, Marxism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, ecocriticism, indigenous studies, translation, global modernisms / modernities


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courses taught

  • ENGL 2017 - World Genres
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Explores literary form and language in a wide range of cultures, introducing students to the global English literary tradition, comprising multiple lineages. Introduces students to poetry, narrative, drama, orality, media, digitality, and/or other genres drawn from diverse traditions, each locally historicized and contextualized.
  • ENGL 2040 - Money Matters: Literature and Finance
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    This course focuses on the interplay between literature, culture, and the world of money, trade, economics, and finance. Students may consider how literary, cultural, and visual artworks spread alongside trade routes; how writers and artists have depicted financial bubbles, boom and bust cycles, and economic crashes; and how culture is tied to capitalist systems that writers and artists have criticized and boosted. Students may visit Norlin�s Special Collections and the CU Art Museum.
  • ENGL 2112 - Introduction to Literary Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Introduces students to a wide range of critical theories that English majors need to know. Covers major movements in modern literary/critical theory, from Matthew Arnold through new criticism to contemporary postmodern frameworks. Required for all English majors.
  • ENGL 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.
  • ENGL 3116 - Topics in Advanced Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies special topics in theory; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours different topics.
  • ENGL 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Provides academically supervised opportunity for upper-division students to work in public or private organizations on projects related to students' career goals and to relate classroom theory to practice. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and faculty supervision.
  • ENGL 4018 - Literature and Globalization
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies special topics that focus on transnational and global issues since 1600. Topics vary each semester and may include globalization, cross-cultural exchanges, migration, and the history and legacies of imperialism. Specially designed for English majors. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits for different topics.
  • ENGL 4116 - Advanced Topics in Media Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Studies specialized topics in the history, theory, and practice of media, such as the history of the book, the theory of digital media, and the theory and practice of multimedia forms. Specially designed for English majors. Topics vary year to year. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4206 - Writing for the Real World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Trains students in advanced techniques of writing with a view toward 'real world' application''that is, usefulness after graduation. Emphasis on writing for a variety of audiences and techniques for achieving conciseness, clarity, expressiveness, logic, and appropriateness of diction and evidence. Readings include classic and contemporary writings about writing and exemplary professional essays from a variety of fields. Previously offered as a special topics course.
  • ENGL 4697 - Special Topics in Multicultural and Ethnic American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides advanced in-depth study of literatures written by ethnic American authors. Texts may be drawn from a range of African-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American or Indigenous literature traditions. Topics vary each semester. Same as ETHN 4692.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5019 - Survey of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces a variety of critical and theoretical practices informing contemporary literary and cultural studies. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
  • ENGL 7119 - Advanced Literature and Culture of the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies special topics in writing of the United States. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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