Marianne Marroum

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Marianne Marroum is a senior lecturer of English and comparative literature. Her areas of study are English, French and francophone literatures, classics, and music theory and performance. She is also trained in the interdisciplinary fields of literature and the visual arts, and literature and science. Her working languages are English, French, Arabic, Spanish and classical Latin. She has published a number of articles on environmental and world literature, ancient and modern in several international refereed journals.

Research Interests

Her current area of research is in environmental humanities and animal studies.

SDGs Research Mapping

Dr. Marianne Marroum conducts research relevant to the following SDGs:

Selected Publications

  1. Marroum, Marianne. “Arboreal Attachment/Detachment. The Felling of a Lonesome Tree in Muhammad Zafzāf’s ‘The Sacred Tree’”. Lagoonscapes. The Venice Journal of Environmental Humanities, vol. 2, no 2, December 2022, pp. 207-218.
  2. Marroum, Marianne. “C’est moi, Nounou, une chatte timide et affectueuse”, Caliban : English Journal of French Studies, Vol. 64, L’amour des animaux. Exploration des liens animaux dans la littérature et la culture anglophone. / Animal Love. Considering Animal Attachments in Anglophone Literature and Culture, 2021, pp. 353-360.
  3. Françoise Besson, Zelia Bora, Marianne Marroum and Scott Slovic, editors.  Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. New York: Lexington Press, 2021.
  4. Marroum, Marianne. “Identity, Love and Abuse in Laila al-Othman’s Cat Stories”. Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. New York: Lexington Press, 2021, pp.61-77.
  5. Marroum, Marianne. “My Stray Cats in Beirut” in “Epilogue: A Quadriptych by Françoise Besson, Zelia Bora, Marianne Marroum, and Scott Slovic.” Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. New York: Lexington Press, 2021, pp.61-77
  6. Marroum, Marianne. “Patricia Grace’s ‘And So I Go’: People of the Home/Land.” Caliban: English Journal of French Studies, Vol. 61,  Écrits de la terre dans le monde Anglophone/ Land’s Furrows and Sorrows in Anglophone Counties, 2019, pp. 207-224.
  7. Marroum, Marianne. “Kareema’s Ecological Self in Salwa Bakr’s ‘Thirty-one Beautiful Green Trees’.” Ecozon@ European Journal of Literature, Culture and the Environment. vol. 10, no. 1, 2019, pp. 164-176.
  8. Marroum, Marianne. Book Review:  Saadi Nikro, Norman. The Fragmenting Force of Memory: Self, Literary Style, and Civil War in Lebanon. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. Postcolonial Text. Vol. 9, no 1, 2014.
  9. Marroum, Marianne. Annotated Bibliography: “Lebanon” compiled by Marianne Marroum in “A Booklist of International Environmental Literature”, Part 2, coordinated by Scott Slovic. World Literature Today vol. 88, no 3, 2014.
  10. Marroum, Marianne. “Lebanon’s Greening Imagination.”  Ecozon@ European Journal of       Literature, Culture and the Environment. vol. 42, no 2, October 2013, pp. 117-132.
  11. Marroum, Marianne. “Kalila wa Dimna: Inception, Appropriation and Trans-Mimesis.”  Comparative Literature Studies. vol. 48, no 4, December 2011, pp. 512-540.
  12. Marroum, Marianne. “Ibn al- Muqaffa’s Kalila wa Dimna and Boccaccio’s On Poetry: A Hybrid Poetics and Avant-garde Hermeneutics”. The Weaving of Words: Approaches to Classical Arabic Prose. Eds. Lale Behzadi and Vahid Behmardi. “Beiruter Texte und Studien 112” Beirut: Orient-Institut, 2009, pp.11-34.
  13. Marroum, Marianne. “Water and Sand: The Dialectics of Entropy and Negentropy in Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes. Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies.  vol. 34, no 1, March 2008, pp.135-156.
  14. Marroum, Marianne. “What’s So Great About Home?: Roots, Nostalgia and Return in Andrée Chedid’s La maison sans racines and Hanan al-Shaykh’s Hikāyat Zahra”  Comparative Literature Studies. vol. 45, no 4, December 2008, pp. 491-513.
  15.   Marroum, Marianne. “Sands of Imprisonment, Subjugation and Empowerment:  Reading Foucault in Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes”. The Comparatist: Journal of the Southern Comparative Literature Association. vol. 31, May 2007, pp. 88-104.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Comparative Literature, 1993, Purdue University, US
  • MA in English Literature, 1986, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • BA in English Language, Teaching Diploma (Teaching English as a Second Language), 1984, American University of Beirut, Lebanon