Amy Riddle

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Position Title
Graduate Student and Associate in Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

824 Sproul
Office Hours
TR 7:45-8:45am


 Moradewun Adejunmobi, Neil Larsen, Noha Radwan

Education and Degree(s)

  • B.A. in English (Summa Cum Laude), Boise State University
  • Arabic Language Institute of Fez, Morocco
  • Ph.D. in progress in Comparative Literature with Designated Emphases in Critical Theory and African American & African Studies, UC Davis

Research Interest(s)

  • Marxist theory
  • Realism, Naturalism
  • African literature and film
  • Modern and contemporary Arabic literature and film
  • Petrofictions
  • Ecocriticism
  • Science Fiction

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Instructor: COM 4 Petrofictions, African Science Fiction and the Supernatural
  • Teaching Assistant: COM 5 Fairy Tales, Fables and Parables
  • Teaching Assistant: COM 6 Myth and legends
  • Teaching Assistant: COM 7 Fantasy and the Supernatural
  • Teaching Assistant: : FMS 1 Film Studies
  • Associate Instructor: Arabic 1, 2, 3
  • Graduate Reader: COM 154 African Literature
  • COM 110 Hong Kong Cinema


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis pursuing a designated emphases in Critical Theory and African American and African Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern literature, poetry and film. I am currently working on my dissertation which examines nature as a referent for social processes and the depiction of informal economies in literature from the Global South, including the works of Abdelrahman Munif, Helon Habila, Basma Abdel Azis, Nnedi Okorafor, Flora Nwapa and Ibrahim Abdel Meguid.

Selected Publications

"Who are They and Who are We? Aspects of the Counterrevolution in Tunisia." Viewpoint Magazine. October 2013.

“Petrofiction and Political Economy in the Age of Late Fossil Capital.”  Materialism and the Critique of Energy.  MCM Publishing.  2017 (forthcoming)

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright CLEA to study Arabic in Fez, Morocco
  • Fulbright research grant to study literary education in Dakar, Senegal
  • Comparative Literature Travel Awards (2013-2015)