Lubna Safi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and in the Designated Emphasis Program in Critical Theory. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, where she completed a thesis on 20th century Spanish poets and the ways they invoked and mobilized al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia) in order to negotiate Spain’s changing national, racial, and literary identities. Her work centers on aesthetic experience, knowledge formation, reading praxis, and theories of vision and the imagination, with a focus on al-Andalus and the Maghreb. Her dissertation examines the relationship between vision, poetic representation, and knowledge in the poetry and literary theory of premodern al-Andalus and 20th century Morocco.
She has previously published in The Comparatist and Exchanges and has a version of her M.A. thesis forthcoming in Comparative Literature December 2021.