Katarzyna Pieprzak

Director of Arabic Studies and Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature

Hollander Hall Rm 256


B.A. Rice University (1995)
M.A. University of Michigan, Comparative Literature (1998)
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Comparative Literature (2001)

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Literature from North Africa
  • Clandestine Migration in Literature and Art
  • Museums in Africa and the Middle East
  • Contemporary Art from North Africa
  • Postcolonial Theory from the Francophone World


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

RLFR 102(S)

Introduction to French Language and Francophone Cultures

RLFR 104(S)

Intermediate French II: Advanced Intermediate Studies in French

RLFR 260 / COMP 260(F)

Reading Comics from the French-Speaking World

RLFR 309 / AFR 307(F)

Contemporary Short Stories from North Africa

RLFR 312 / AFR 312 / COMP 312

Francographic Islands

COMP 345

Museums, Memorials, and Monuments: The Representation and Politics of Memory

RLFR 410

Senior Seminar: Landscapes of Movement and Migration in French

ARTH 573

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa

Scholarship/Creative Work


  • Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Morocco, (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming January 2010).
  • Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories, co-edited with Magali Compan, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).

Selected Articles

  • “Nostalgia and the New Cosmopolitan: Literary and Artistic Interventions in the City of Casablanca” Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 33.1 (Winter 2009).
  • “Art in the Streets: Modern Art, Museum Practice and the Urban Environment in Contemporary Morocco” MESA Bulletin (forthcoming Summer 2008).
  • “Ruins, Rumors and Traces of the City of Brass: Moroccan Modernity and Memories of the Arab Global City” Research in African Literatures 38.4 (Winter 2007): 187-203
  • “Bodies on the Beach: Youssef Elalamy and Moroccan Landscapes of the Clandestine,” Land and Landscape in Francographic Literature: Remapping Uncertain Territories, Katarzyna Pieprzak and Magali Compan ed, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007): 104-122.
  • “Citizens and Subjects in the Bank: Corporate Visions of Modern Art and Moroccan Identity”
    Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa: Essays on Contemporary History, Culture and Politics, James McDougall ed. (London: Frank Cass, 2003) and Journal of North African Studies 8.1 (Spring 2003): 131-152.
  • “Whose Patrimony Is It Anyway? The Quarrel between Ali Baba’s Cave and the National
    Museums of Morocco,” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature No. 49 (Fall 2001): 155-174.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Getty Foundation Summer Institute Fellowship in Istanbul on “Constructing the Past in the Middle East” (2006)