William Marling, professor of American literature, modernism, popular culture and globalization at Case Western University, has been selected as the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The position, for which he applied in 2006, began this month and ends in June 2009.
During his time in Beirut, Marling will be teaching courses on globalization and the detective novel. His course on globalization will follow his latest book, How “American” is Globalization? (Johns Hopkins University Press) and will incorporate perspectives from Thomas Friedman, Kofi Annan, Frederic Jameson and others. His class on the detective novel stretches from Edgar Allan Poe through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett through such contemporary authors as Paul Auster, and will include the study of such detective films as The Maltese Falcon, Murder on the Orient Express and Chinatown.
This is Marling's the sixth overseas teaching position. Past posts have sent him to Spain, Austria, France and Japan. This is his first visit to Lebanon.
Marling's personal goal while in Beirut is to learn Arabic, as he did Japanese during his time in Japan.
While teaching in Beirut, Marling will be working on his next book, Gatekeepers: How World Literature is Imported and Exported. His other books include The American Roman Noir (University of Georgia Press), Raymond Chandler (MacMillan), Dashiell Hammett (MacMillan) and William Carlos Williams and the Painters, 1909-1923 (Ohio University Press).
The Said Chair is named after the late Edward Said, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He served as president of the Modern Language Association and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Royal Society of Literature and the American Philosophical Society.
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