Professor Ala Alryyes, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Literature, is a scholar of eighteenth-century English literature, the European Enlightenment, rhetoric of science, literature of empire and exploration, and slavery. He is particularly interested in the novel and its relations to society and history. His current book project, War’s Knowledge and the Laws of Nature: Subjectivity, Conflict, and Worldmaking in Philosophy and the Novel, 1660-1798, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and an American Philosophical Society grant. He is the author of Original Subjects: The Child, the Novel, and the Nation (Harvard University Press, 2001) and A Muslim American Slave: The Arabic Life of Omar Ibn Said (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), as well as several articles. In addition to Queens College, Professor Alryyes has taught at Yale and Hofstra.
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