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Amal Hallak


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Critical and Cultural Theory

PhD Research

A Genealogy of “Literariness”: The Transformation of Literary Criticism into Literary Theory

My thesis aims to trace theorization of “literariness” between the 1940s and the 1970s, covering mainly French critics. It aims at engaging in a critical investigation of the development of the concept and how studying literature came to be theorized. Some of the main questions my research poses and attempts to answer are concerning when the issue of literariness started to be recognized theoretically, what is thought of as literary theory, what the literary in theory is, what space literature occupies or what value it has within the context of critical theory, and whether theory was successful in containing literature.

Supervisor: Professor Laurent Milesi

Academic Background

Diploma in Literary Studies (First-class honours), Aleppo University, 2003
BA in English Language & Literature (Upper second-class honours), Aleppo University, 2002

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

Conference papers:
“Five Types of Female Characters in The Tragedy of Mariam” in Gender and Difference, Cardiff University, 20-23 May 2010
“Female Speech Thwarting Male Authority” in Shield Maidens and Sacred Mothers: Medieval Women in Truth and Legend, Cardiff University, 7 October 2011
“Tracing ‘Organic Unity’ in A Streetcar Named Desire” in a Symposium on Language & Literature, Aleppo University, 10-11 September 2003.


I was the principal organiser of the Multiculturalisms: Theories and Practice International Interdisciplinary Conference, Cardiff University, 14-17 May 2012.
I was on the organising committee of the Transformations Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Cardiff University, 7-8 July 2011.


I attended the Alternative Modernisms Conference, Cardiff University, 15-18 May 2013.
I attended the Partitions and Reunifications Conference, Cardiff University, 15-17 July 2009.


Training Workshops & Seminars:
I participated in a training workshop in Teaching English as a Second Language, organized by Marshall Cavendish Education and MBC Books Centre, Aleppo University, 14 April 2007.
I participated in a training course in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, organized by Unlimited Horizons Centre, Aleppo, 20 February 2007.
I participated in a comprehensive seminar on How to Control Your Emotions, organized by the Canadian Training Centre or Human Development, Homs, 11 December 2006.

I participated in a Teacher Training Program, organized by the Higher Institute of Languages, Aleppo University in cooperation with the British Council, 6-8 October 2003.


2011 – 2012   A Postgraduate Tutor in ENCAP, Cardiff University
2005 – 2009   A Teacher Assistant in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Aleppo University
2005 – 2007   An ESL Teacher in the Higher Institute of Languages, Aleppo University
2005 February – June   An EFL Teacher in the Faculty of Economics, Aleppo University
2002 – 2005   An EFL Teacher for kids and teens in Al-Nour Charitable Organization