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Mohammad Safaei

Assistant Professor of Literature, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I have BA in English Language and Literature, MA in English Language Teaching, and PhD in Postcolonial Literature in English. I worked as a translator and copyeditor from 1995 to 2001. Since 2002 I have worked as a lecturer at tertiary level. In 2014 I joined the School of English at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where I have taught several courses on literatures of diverse periods and cultures. I currently teach six modules. I have supervised dissertations at the BA, MA, MPhil and PhD level. I have been the internal assessor for a few PhD dissertations. I have done research on rhetoric, British and American literature, and world literatures translated into English. Some of this research has been published in peer-reviewed and indexed journals.

Expertise Summary

-Early modern English drama (1570-1640)

-Shakespeare and Shakespeare appropriation

-British and American Literature

-World literatures (translated into English)

-Latin American fiction (from the 1940s onwards)

I have done research on English literature and other literatures translated into English.

Research Publications

Safaei, M. 2020. 'The Enigma of Political Self-Destruction in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus'. International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences, 5 (6), 2171-2181.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'The Face of Dictatorship in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat'. International Journal of Arabic-English Studies. 20 (2), 149-168.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'Mario Vargas Llosa's The Time of the Hero: Paradox of Military Man'. 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies. 26(2), 127-138.

Safaei, M. 2018. 'Immanence and Univocity in Paulo Coelho's The Zahir'. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 59(2), 191-199.

Safaei, M. 2018. 'Periodicity and Intimations of a Judaic Universe in David Mamet's Faustus'. International Journal of English Studies. 18(1), 17-33.

Safaei, M. 2018. 'Time and Perennial Philosophy in Paulo Coelho's Aleph'. Romance Studies. 36(3), 111-121.

Safaei, M. 2016. 'Terrorism in Two Novelistic Appropriations of Hamlet'. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 16(1), 169-182.

Safaei, M. 2014. 'Revisionism: Expansion of Contemporaneity'. Kesturi: Jurnal Akademi Sains Islam Malaysia. 24(1), 13-32.

Safaei, M. and R. S. Hashim. 2014. 'Ophelia Revised: The Paradox of Femme Fragile in Modern Revisionings of Hamlet'. Elsevier, Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences. 310-315.

Safaei, M. and R. S. Hashim. 2013. 'Ophelia Transformed: Revisioning Shakespeare's Hamlet'. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 13(2), 181-191.

Safaei, M. and R. S. Hashim. 2012. 'Revisionings of Hamlet: The Crux of an Interpretive Paradigm'. 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies. 18(4), 21-34.

Safaei, M. and R. S. Hashim. 2012. 'Gertrude's Transformations: Against Patriarchal Authority'. English Language and Literature Studies. 2(4), 83-90.

Conference Papers & Research Talks

Safaei, M. 2021. 'Conceptual framework and Methodology'. Research Talk for MA and PhD students at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics. National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2021. 'Space in Mario Vargas Llosa's The War of The End of The World'. In MICOLLAC 2021, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'Conceptual framework and Methodology'. Research Talk for MA and PhD students at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics. National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'Political Novel'. Research Talk. University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'Literature, Genre, and Reading'. Research Talk. University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2020. 'Posthegemony and Vargas Llosa's Delineation of Micropolitics in The Green House'. Zawiah Yahya Webinar Series, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2014. 'Incommensurable Intertextuality in Appropriative Literature'. In: 1st International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture & Education 2014-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Safaei, M. 2012. 'Ophelia Revised: The Paradox of Femme Fragile in Modern Revisionings of Hamlet.' In ICOSH 2012, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

Teaching Summary

Since 2002 I have taught various courses on language and literature. I have taught grammar, study skills, translation, academic writing, teaching methodology, and research methodology in applied… read more

Research Summary

I am generally interested in fiction (novel) and drama (as text, not performance). I have done research on early modern English drama, revisionism in literature, the novelistic adaptations of… read more

Selected Publications

Since 2002 I have taught various courses on language and literature. I have taught grammar, study skills, translation, academic writing, teaching methodology, and research methodology in applied linguistics and literary studies. I have presented lectures on different periods of English literature (fiction, drama, poetry) from Old English to contemporary British and American literature. I have taught historical linguistics, history of drama and history of literary theory and criticism. I have given lectures on world literatures (Arab, African, Hispanic, French, Russian, German) translated into English. I have taught students of translation studies and foundation programs, but more specifically I have been more engaged in UG and MA programs in English Language and Literature. I have supervised UG and PG dissertations and have given lectures on literary theory, research methodology and conceptual framework for postgraduate students, including PhD students. Currently, I present the following courses:

Undergraduate Level

ENGL1035 Survey of English Literature and Drama

ENGL2035 World Literatures in English

ENGL3079 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries on the Stage

ENGL3081 Modern British Fiction since 1950

ENGL3084 English Dissertation (This is not a taught module and I am only the convener.)

Postgraduate Level

ENGL4291 What is Literature

ENGL4293 Popular Literature in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Other Modules

Since 2014 I have on and off taught a number of other modules or have been a part of their teaching team. These are

ENGL1022 Academic Community

ENGL1034 The Influence of English

ENGL4295 Literature and Modernity

ENGL2030 English Through Time (This module is no longer offered by the School of English, UNM.)

ENGL4162 What is Text (This module is no longer offered by the School of English, UNM.)

Current Research

I am generally interested in fiction (novel) and drama (as text, not performance). I have done research on early modern English drama, revisionism in literature, the novelistic adaptations of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and fiction by European (including nineteenth-century Russian) and Latin American writers emerging around 1940s and afterwards. I have published in scholarly journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science, such as Romance Studies (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, UK), Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, US), International Journal of English Studies (University of Murcia, Spain), GEMA Online® Journal of Language Studies (National University of Malaysia), International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (Jordan), and 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies (National University of Malaysia). The following are some of my current research interests:

-Shakespeare

-Literary Appropriation (in specific, Shakespeare appropriation)

-World literatures (translated into English)

-Latin American fiction (from the 1940s onwards)

-Political Fiction

-Utopian & Dystopian Literature

For more information or to download my research papers, you can also use the following links:

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohammad_Safaei3

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.my/citations?user=tLR_NEEAAAAJ&hl=en

Past Research

My past research was mainly on rhetoric, medieval thought and literature, religion, literary revisionism and adaptation of early modern English drama (Shakespeare and Marlowe). Some of this research has not been published.

Future Research

I am more interested in interdisciplinary literary studies. Currently I am exploring a number of concepts (time, space, subjectivity, existence, truth, etc.) in world literature, specifically in modern Latin American fiction. My recent essays on David Mamet and Paulo Coelho are the outcome of this research. My exploration of dictatorship and fascism in literature produced by George Orwell, Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez is also an investigation of life, existence and truth under fascist and dictatorial formations of power.

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