Huda Fakhreddine

Photo of Huda Fakhreddine Standing In Front Of A Bookshelf

Associate Professor of Arabic Literature

Williams Hall


Huda Fakhreddine’s work focuses on modernist movements or trends in Arabic poetry and their relationship to the Arabic literary tradition. She is interested in the role of the Arabic qaṣīda as a space for negotiating the foreign and the indigenous, the modern and the traditional, and its relationship to other poetic forms such as the free verse poem and the prose poem.

She is the author of Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition (Brill, 2015) and The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Poetry (Routledge, 2023). She is the co-translator of Lighthouse for the Drowning (BOA editions, 2017); The Sky That Denied Me (University of Texas Press, 2020); and Come Take a Gentle Stab: Selections from Salim Barakat (Seagull Books, 2021), and the translator of The Universe all at Once, Selections from Salim Barakat (Seagull 2024) and Lugha laysat wahida (Not One Language) (Manshurat Marfa', 2024).  Her translations of modern Arabic poems have appeared in Banipal, World Literature Today, Nimrod, ArabLit Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Protean, Lithub and Asymptote among others. Her book of creative non-fiction titled Zaman saghir taht shams thaniya (A Small Time Under a Different Sun) was published by Dar al-Nahda, Beirut in 2019.

She is co-editor of Middle Eastern Literatures, an editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, and section editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Courses Taught
  • The Abbasid Poets: Abū Nuwās, Abū Tammām and al-Mutanabbī
  • Readings in Classical Arabic Criticism
  • The Prose Poem in Arabic
  • Arabic Belles Lettres
  • Seminar in Arabic Poetry from Pre-Islamic to Modern
  • Arabic Literature and Literary Theory
  • Arab Women and War
  • Modern Arabic Poetry in Translation
  • Arabic Modernism and the Culture of Literary Magazines
  • Resistance Literature from Pre-Islamic Arabia to Palestine
Selected Publications