Teresa Pepe

Associate Professor - Middle East Studies
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Academic Interests

Arabic Literature; Digital Cultures: Life/Writing: Arabic Modernity: Conceptual History

Higher education and employment history

Teresa Pepe obtained her M.A in Comparative Literature and Culture (with a focus on Arabic and English Literature) from the University “L’Orientale” in Napoli in 2008. Her MA thesis investigates how the Egyptian author Yaḥyā al-Ṭāhir ʿAbdallāh and the Italian novelist Ignazio Silone deal with the theme of alienation and migration to the city in their literary works.

In 2009-2010 she worked as a research fellow at the American University in Cairo, where she conducted research on contemporary Arabic literature and the impact of digital technologies on cultural production.

In 2014 she obtained her PhD from the University of Oslo with a thesis entitled “Fictionalized Identities in the Egyptian Blogosphere” (2014). The study examines how bloggers construct their identity in a number of Egyptian literary blogs written before and after the 2011 uprisings, by combining literary analysis with interviews to the blog authors.  

She has published preliminary results of her research in the articles “Turning Blogs into Books” in the academic journal Oriente Moderno (2011), “Autofiction on Screen” in the Journal of New Media in MENA (2012) and “Egyptian Personal Blogs and the Arabic Notion of ʾAdab” (2012) in Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente.

Between 2013 and 2014 she has taught a number of courses at the University of Oslo, among which “Arabic Cyberspace”, “Contemporary Arabic Texts and Contexts” and “Middle Eastern Literatures”.


Current Project


Teresa is currently working as a post-doc fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. Her current research project is entitled "The adīb and adab —Demise, or metamorphosis, of a key figure and of a key concept of the Arab modernist project?" and explores how the role of writers and intellectuals has evolved during the 20th century in Arabic/Egyptian society.



Tags: Arabic, Arabic Literature, Middle East, New Media, CIMS



“When Writers Activate Readers. How the autofictional blog transforms Arabic Literature” in Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 15, pp. 73-91, 2015. 

 “Cultivating the Self and Building Communities in Egyptian Autofictional Blogs”, in La littérature à l'heure du Printemps arabe: analyse et perspectives, Proceedings of EURAMAL 10, ed. by Sobhi Boustani and Rashid al-Enany, Forthcoming. 

"Improper Narratives: Egyptian personal blogs and the Arabic notion of adab", in LEA- Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, vol. 1, pp. 547-562, 2012. 

“Autofiction on Screen: Self-representation of an Egyptian ‘Spinster’ in a Literary Blog” in Journal of New Media Studies in MENA, Issue 1, Winter 2012.

“Autofiction on screen” in Women and New Media in the Mediterranean Region, edited by Fatima Sadiqi, Imprimerie des Universités (Fez), 2012.

“From the Blogosphere to the Bookshop: Publishing Literary Blogs in Egypt”, in Between Everyday Life and Political Revolution: The Social Web in the Middle East, Oriente Moderno, Nuova Serie, Anno XCI, 1, 2011.


Conference Presentations:

"Self-presentation and Community Building in the Egyptian Blogosphere", in "Literature and The Arab Spring",  EURAMAL 10thInternational Congress, Paris, 9-12 May 2012.

“Narratives of the Egyptian revolution in Egyptian Personal Blogs”, in “Narrating the Arab Spring”, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Cairo, 18-20 February 2012.

“Self-writing in Egyptian Literary Blogs”, presented at the International, Interdisciplinary Conference “Technologies of the Self: New Departures in Self-Inscription", University College Cork, 2-3 September 2011.

“Autofiction on Screen: Self-representation of Egyptian women in Literary Blogs”, presented at the International Forum on “Women and New Media in Mediterranean Region”, Fez, 24-26 June 2011.

“Turning blogs into books in Egypt”, presented at World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Barcelona, 19-24 July 2010.

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  • Guth, Stephan & Pepe, Teresa (2012). The Arab Spring and the Individual: Literary aspects from before and after the Revolution.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2012). Narratives of the Egyptian revolution in Egyptian Personal Blogs.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2011). Autofiction on Screen: Self-representation of Egyptian women in Literary Blogs.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2011). Self-writing in Egyptian Literary Blogs.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2010). Turning blogs into books in Egypt.

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