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Mark Firmani



I am a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD student at Yale Law School. My dissertation examines how contemporary Iraqi fiction written in Arabic and published in translation inhabits and expands U.S.-centric genre fiction labels to circulate in literary markets.

Other interests include legal histories of war and finance; portrayals of artificial intelligence in film, literature, and law; and the relationship between law and culture. 


Published writing:

"Review: Baghdad Noir," Middle Eastern Literatures 21, nos. 2-3 (2018): 260-62.

"At War with Monsters in Postwar Iraqi Literature,Los Angeles Review of Books, February 24, 2018.


Courses Taught

fall 2018

spring 2017