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Waleed AL-Bazoon

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Waleed AL-Bazoon is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Basra/Department of English in Iraq.

He studied for BA (Hons) degree in English at the University of Basra from 1993 to 1996. He completed his Masters Degree in English Literature at the University of Baghdad and, subsequently, his PhD degree in Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

He has previously taught at the University of Basra, from 2003 to 2009, as was the Director of the Department of Cultural Relation at the University of Basra Chancellery from 2007 to 2009.

He taught in the University of Chichester’s Department of English and Creative Writing, lecturing in two modules, Modernism and Linguistics, from 2009 to 2010.

He worked as a co-ordinator of the College of Arts Council from 2015 to 2016, and is currently conducting post-doctoral research at the University of Chichester focusing on post-occupation of Iraq and Arab Spring fiction.


Research Interests

Contemporary fiction of terrorism, trauma fiction, trauma theory, modern fiction.

Research Papers

  1. The Zoo Story: Character Alienation. Adab Al-Basra Journal, No43 2007, pp58-67
  2. Sin Versus Innocence in William Golding’s The Inheritors. Adab Al-Basra Journal, No.46, 2008, pp23-36
  3. The Female and Nature in William Wordsworth’s Lucy Poems. Accepted for publication in the Journal of College of Education/Basra University
  4. Diaspora, Nationalism and Divided Identity in Inaam Kachachi’s The American Granddaughter. A paper read in “Mapping the Self” Symposium at Oxford Brookes University in 2012
  5. Past and Present, Dresden and 9/11: The Persistence of Trauma in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Unpublished
  6. Past and Present, War and Occupation’s Trauma in Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer. It was presented at University of York ‘s conference ‘Bringing conflict home’ in May 2017
  7. Peer Observation of Seminars as a Learning Context for the Observer. Unpublished
  8. Iraq War Repercussions: Trauma, Fantasy and Violence in Ahmad Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad: presented at ‘War, Terrorism and Trauma’ symposium in London May 2017

Academic and Literary Activities

  1. A literary advisor for Comma Press’s new project, The Book of Basra, in a plan agreed by publisher Ra Page in the United Kingdom
  2. Participated in reading from my poems and other Iraqi poets’ poems at the ‘Cathedral Night’ event organized by the University of Chichester and Chichester Cathedral on the 15th February 2017.
  3. Has delivered a lecture on ‘The Arab/Muslim Character as a Terrorist in Contemporary Fiction’ on 13th  October 2016 at the University of Chichester
  4. Has translated into Arabic ‘Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twentieth Century’ - a book by the American writer John Glad, published in 2006
  5. Was selected as a reading Iraqi poet to participate in the International Literary Festival in Liverpool in 2010, reading poems about the war in Iraq.
  6. Was selected as a month-long Visiting Scholar at ‘Cambridge University Hospitality Scheme’ in 2007 at the University of Cambridge
  7. Was invited to read from my poems at the University of Chichester’s International Symposium on the war in Iraq poetry in 2011.
  8. Was invited to read from my short stories in the University of Chichester’s forum on ‘Literature and Terrorism’ in 2010.
  9. Has published an anthology of poetry entitled ‘Idigna’ in 2011, written in English about the war in Iraq in 2003.