Yasser Fouad A. Selim

Professor - Professor of English Literature

Faculty Of Arts

Address: Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Sohag University. P.C. 82524


2022 | Keywords Science Fiction Drama,
Jennifer Haley’s The Nether: Transhumanism in the Post-Internet World
_The Nether_ is a science fiction play written by American playwright Jennifer Haley. The play dramatizes a techno-futuristic image of life as humans become increasingly immersed in the virtual world after the Internet transforms into a technologically advanced sphere called the Nether. This article proposes that _The Nether_ confuses what it means to be real in a world obsessed with ... Read more

2021 | Keywords Arab American theatre,
Narrating Arab-American Transnational Identity in Leila Buck’s Hkeelee [Talk to Me]
_Hkeelee_ [_Talk to Me_] is a one-woman show written and performed by Arab-American playwright Leila Buck, which explores the history of Buck’s family as she reminisces about the life story of her Teta (grandmother) and intertwines it with her own experiences to better understand what it means to be American with an Arab ethnic origin. This article argues that Buck’s ... Read more

2020 | Keywords digital theatrecyber,
Cyberformance: towards a transnational user-response theory
Cyberformance is a type of reciprocal digital theatre that provides a space for performers and audiences from all over the world to participate in transnational digitized performances making use of technology, interactive computer platforms and participatory applications. Within this transnational cyber-collaborative theatre community, relationships between the author, text, and audience are redefined. The audiences in cyberformance are internet users who ... Read more

2019 | Keywords King Lear, The Arab Shakespear,
Decentering the Bard: The Localization of King Lear in Egyptian TV Drama Dahsha
Dahsha [Bewilderment] is an Egyptian TV series written by scriptwriter Abdelrahim Kamal and adapted from Shakespeare’s King Lear. The TV drama locates Al Basel Hamad Al Basha, Lear’s counterpart, in Upper Egypt and follows a localized version of the king’s tragedy starting from the division of his lands between his two wicked daughters and the disinheritance of his sincere daughter ... Read more

The Formation of Race and Disability in Philip Kan Gotanda’s I Dream of Chang and Eng
Philip Kan Gotanda’s _I Dream of Chang and Eng_ (2011) is a fictional imagining of the lives of the conjoined Siamese twins Chang and Eng who lived in the United States in the nineteenth century (1811-1874). The play dramatizes the twins’ ascent from monstrosity to social acceptance. Gotanda draws on the transformation of the twins’ status from the exotic poor ... Read more

The Cruelty of American Apocalypse in Sam Shepard’s Kicking a Dead Horse
Sam Shepard’s Kicking a Dead Horse (2007) has been censured by many critics for its repetition of Shepard’s favorite theme of the American legendry West and the playwright’s recurrent experimentation with Samuel Beckett’s theatre of absurd dramaturgy. This study argues that the play garners its uniqueness from two aspects: The prophetic vision of America’s decline, which links the play to ... Read more

Islamophobia in Early and Contemporary America: Reproducing Myths in Slaves in Algiers (1794) and Argo (2012)
This paper examines the representational practices in Susanna Haswell Rowson’s melodramatic comedy Slaves of Algiers, or, A struggle for Freedom (1794) and Ben Affleck’s thriller movie Argo (2012) claiming that both works, although historically distant, employ a similar repertoire of representations which repeat myths and stereotypes about the Islamic culture and people. Deploying Stuart Hall’s theory of representation and drawing ... Read more

Wakako Yamauchi’s 12-1-A and Yussef El Guindi’s Back of the Throat: Politics, Ethnicity, and the Question of American Multiculturalism
his paper examines the interplay of ethnicity, politics, and multiculturalism in “12-1-A" written by Asian American playwright Wakako Yamauchi and “Back of the Throat" written by Arab American playwright Yussef El Guindi. The two plays are written with the backdrop of the 1940s Japanese American internment and the 9/11 events respectively, and theatriclaize the traumatic experiences of Asian and Arab ... Read more

Performing Arabness in Arab American Stand-Up Comedy
This article deals with the dramatic art of stand-up comedy. It locates Arab American stand-up comedy within a broader American humorous tradition and investigates the way Arab American performers use this art to negotiate and (re) construct their identity. The main question in this article is the way Arab American stand-up comedians define their relationship to the Arab and the ... Read more

Arab American Theatre Caught in Censorship: A Study of Betty Shamieh’s Plays
This paper deals with the restrictions of literary censorship imposed upon Arab American theatre. Giving literary analysis to Betty Shamieh's Roar and The Black Eyed, this study explains how Arab American playwrights, who could find a chance after 9/11 to voice out Arab American concerns, are caught on the radar of censorship which limits and deforms the image of Arab ... Read more