Teresa Pepe

Associate Professor - Middle East Studies
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Academic Interests

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

Teresa Pepe's research interests span across Arabic literature, media, popular culture, sociolinguistics, and the relation between aesthetics and politics. Her current research focuses on Arab Futurism and its connection to social, political, and environmental changes in the region. 

She is the author of the book Blogging From Egypt: Digital Literature (2005-2016 (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). The book explores blogs as new form of literature emerging in Egypt during the rise of political protest of the Arab Spring.  Such blogs are explored  as forms of digital literature, combining literary analysis and interviews with the authors.

She is the co-editor of the volume Arabic Literature in the Posthuman Age (with S. Guth, Harassowitz Verlag 2019), that examines the use of dystopia, necropolitics, monsters and satire in Arabic literature today.

She is the co-founder of the research network Arab Media Transitions  (with Barbara Winckler, University of Muenster) which analyses the impact of media on Arabic literature and culture from a historical perspective.

In 2021, she received a MECAM  Fellowship (Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb) to join the  the Research Project "Imagining the Future: Dealing with Disparities" in the thematic cluster "Aesthetics and Politics". 

She has published several articles in Oriente Moderno, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies and LEA- Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente. She occasionally writes for the Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr.

Teaching and Tutoring

Teresa Pepe teaches various courses on undergraduate and graduate level, including:

Higher education and employment history

Teresa Pepe obtained her PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Literature from the University of Oslo in 2014  with a thesis entitled “Fictionalized Identities in the Egyptian Blogosphere” (2014).  She completed her M.A in Comparative Literature and Culture (with a focus on Arabic and English Literature) at the University “L’Orientale” in Napoli in 2008.

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.

 Between 2015-2017 she worked as a Post-Doc fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, with a research project entitled "The adīb and adab —Demise, or metamorphosis, the project: of a key figure and of a key concept of the Arab modernist project?" . The project has explored how concepts of "intellectuals", "author" and " literature" have evolved during the 20th century in Arabic/Egyptian society.

In 2015 she was a guest researcher at the American University in Beirut and  at Orient Institute in Beirut to conduct research on the Arabic cultural press in the early 20th century.

In 2015-2016 she was affiliated to the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo as a guest researcher. In 2015 she was a guest lecturer at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo.


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


  • Pepe, Teresa (2020). La ricerca sul campo al tempo dei processi alla scrittura. Il caso di Ahmed Nàgi, I: Lorenzo Casini & Paul Starkey (red.),  Minnena. L'Egitto, l'Europa e la ricerca dopo l'assassinio di Giulio Regeni.  Mesogea.  ISBN 978-88-469-21871.  kapittel 3.  s 52 - 78
  • Pepe, Teresa (2020). Le retour de Dhāt : du roman au feuilleton télévisé, I: Richard Jacquemond & Frederic Lagrange (red.),  Culture pop en Egypte : Entre mainstream commercial et contestation.  Riveneuve Editions.  ISBN 2360135872.  Chapter 2.  s 87 - 130
  • Pepe, Teresa (2019). Aḥmad Nājī’s Istikhdām al-ḥayāh (Using Life) as “Critical Dystopia”, In Stephan Guth & Teresa Pepe (ed.),  Arabic Literature in a Posthuman World [= Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Association for Modern Arabic Literature (EURAMAL), May 2016, Oslo].  Harrassowitz Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-447-11261-1.  kapittel.  s 179 - 191
  • Pepe, Teresa (2019). Critics, Moralists and Intellectuals: The Transformation of the Udabāʾ in the Arab Nahḍah: a Historical-Conceptual Approach. Oriente Moderno.  ISSN 0030-5472.  99(1-2), s 179- 202 . doi: 10.1163/22138617-12340213
  • Pepe, Teresa & Guth, Stephan (2019). Foreword / Introduction, In Stephan Guth & Teresa Pepe (ed.),  Arabic Literature in a Posthuman World [= Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Association for Modern Arabic Literature (EURAMAL), May 2016, Oslo].  Harrassowitz Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-447-11261-1.  forord.  s IX - XVIII Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2017). Crowdfunding. Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies.  ISSN 0806-198X.  17, s 479- 481 . doi: 10.5617/jais.6136 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2017). “Mixed Arabic as a Subversive Literary Style (2005-2011)”. In: Sociolinguistics, Translation and Society in the Middle East, eds. Nora Eggen and Rana Issa, Oslo: Novus Forlag, pp. 363-394., In Nora Sunniva Eggen & Rana Issa (ed.),  Philologists in the World: A Festschrift in Honour of Gunvor Mejdell.  Novus Forlag.  ISBN 978-82-7099-904-0.  15.  s 363 - 394
  • Pepe, Teresa (2016). Cultivating the Self and Building Communities in Egyptian Autofictional Blogs, In Sobhi Boustani; Rasheed El-Enany & Walid Hamarneh (ed.),  La littérature à l'heure du Printemps arabe.  Karthala.  ISBN 9782811116491.  21.  s 333 - 348
  • Pepe, Teresa (2015). ​When Writers Activate Readers. How the autofictional blog transforms Arabic Literature. Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies.  ISSN 0806-198X.  15, s 73- 91 . doi: 10.5617/jais.4652 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2012). Autofiction on Screen: Self-representation of an Egyptian ‘Spinster’ in a Literary Blog. Journal of New Media Studies in MENA.  ISSN 2162-6669.  (1)
  • Pepe, Teresa (2012). Improper Narratives: Egyptian Personal Blogs and the Arabic Notion of Adab. LEA - Lingue e letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente.  ISSN 1824-484X.  1(1), s 547- 562
  • Pepe, Teresa (2011). From the Blogosphere to the Bookshop: Publishing Literary Blogs in Egypt. Oriente Moderno.  ISSN 0030-5472.  91(1), s 75- 90 . doi: 10.1163/22138617-09101008

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  • Guth, Stephan & Pepe, Teresa (ed.) (2019). Arabic Literature in a Posthuman World [= Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Association for Modern Arabic Literature (EURAMAL), May 2016, Oslo]. Harrassowitz Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-447-11261-1.  430 s.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2019). Blogging From Egypt: Digital Literature, 2005-2016.. Edinburgh University Press.  ISBN 9781474433990.  256 s.

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  • Rots, Aike Peter; Endresen, Cecilie; Gubrium, Erika; Tolgensbakk, Ida; Bell, Justyna; Tanyi, Attila; Pepe, Teresa & Pouillard, Véronique (2021). Et «fremmed» virus? – Covid-19, nasjonalisme og stengte grenser. Utrop.no.
  • Guth, Stephan; Pepe, Teresa & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Book launch "Literary Visions of the Middle East" (compl./comm./ed. by S. Guth).
  • Pepe, Teresa (2019, 18. juni). NEWTON Interview on Jadaliyya, "Blogging From Egypt" (New Texts Out). [Tidsskrift].  Jadaliyya.
  • Pepe, Teresa (2017). Modernità Arabe. Nazione, narrazione e nuovi soggetti nel romanzo egiziano. Middle Eastern Literatures.  ISSN 1475-262X.  20(3), s 303- 304 . doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/1475262X.2017.1385697
  • 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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