King Hall 210D
Tel: (718) 997-5562
Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Arabic.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Prof. Elinson has just taken over the Arabic and Islamic Studies
curriculum developed by Prof. Spectorsky. His research focus is
on medieval poetry, in particular that of Islamic Spain, and he
has further interests in modern Arabic literature and medieval and
modern Hebrew poetry.
My research interests
cut across the Middle East and North Africa, and include Arabic
and Hebrew literature from the pre-Islamic to the modern period.
My dissertation, entitled Looking Back: The Poetics of Loss and
Nostalgia and the Literary Definition of al-Andalus in Arabic
and Hebrew Literatureexamines the intersection between literary
convention and poetic subjectivity in the literature of Muslim Spain.
My interest in the creative process that emerges out of, and often
defies, highly conventional forms informs much of my work.
Publications include articles on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic
poem (muwashshah), medieval rhymed prose narrative (maqama), as
well as reviews and translations in Medieval Encounters,
the Journal of Arabic Literature, Edebiyat, Paintbrush:
a Journal of Poetry and Translation, and the Middle East
Studies Association Bulletin.
At Queens College, I teach courses in Arabic Language, Literature
and Culture. Courses include: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced
Arabic; History and Civilization of Islam; Modern Arabic Fiction
in Translation; Literatures of the Islamic World.