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Daniel Beaumont

  • Associate Professor

PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 1991

436 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-5224



American History; Global History

Research Overview

Narrative has always been my primary interest. My early publications involved medieval Arabic literature, quasi-fictions, historiography, then the Arabian Nights. Psychoanalysis, especially Lacanian thought, became an important part of my work. In recent years I've begun publishing on the Blues, and my latest publication is a biography of blues musician Son House.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  Arabic languages courses
  •  The Arabian Nights
  •  Contemporary Arabic Fiction
  • REL 151:  The Blues, Syllabus
  • REL 292:  The Unholy Trinity: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud on Religion, Syllabus

Selected Publications

  • Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Music of Son House (Oxford University Press, June 2011).
  • "The 'Lone Nut' Theory: Paranoia and Recognition in Contemporary American Fiction,"Recognition in Narrative, Film and Opera, ed. Philip F. Kennedy and Marilyn Lawrence, Peter Lang 2009, pp. 193-212.
  • "Hardball: Political Violence and Ideology in Mamluk History," in Mamluk Studies Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2004, pp. 201-226.
  • Slave of Desire: Sex, Love and Death in The 1001 Nights. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. May 2002.
  • "Hard Boiled: Narrative Discourse in Early Muslim Traditions," Studia Islamica, 83, 1996, pp. 5-31.

Selected Book Covers