Nation and Narration in Contemporary Tunisian Arabic Prose
Hanan Natour is a German-Palestinian PhD candidate at the Department of Arabic Studies (Freie Universität Berlin), supervised by Professor Beatrice Gründler and funded by the German Economy Foundation. As a doctoral candidate she is a member of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on the themes of "Nation and Narration in Contemporary Tunisian Arabic Prose".
In 2018, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Her master thesis was entitled "Transcending the Nation: Dimensions of Postcolonial Tunisian Identity in the Poetry of Munṣif al-Wahāybī" and supervised by Professor Mohamed-Salah Omri at St. John´s College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts both in Arabic Studies and German Literature from the University of Göttingen (Germany), including one year of studying abroad at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Since September 2019, she serves as a research assistant to the ERC-funded project "PalREAD – Country of Words: Reading and Reception of Palestinian Literature from 1948 to the Present", directed by Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh at Freie Universität Berlin.
In her doctoral thesis, Hanan Natour researches the themes of nation and narration in contemporary Tunisian Arabic prose, mainly between the Tunisian independence from France in 1956 and the present time. She focuses on retrospective references to postcolonial Tunisian history in narrative texts published within the past thirty years.