Dr. Allen Hibbard

Member, Graduate Faculty

B.A., 1978, American University; M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1989, University of Washington. (1990)

Office: MGB104; Phone/Voice Mail: 494-8809

Dr. Hibbard teaches courses in Modern American literature, criticism, backgrounds of modern literature, the modern novel, postmodernism, and Middle-Eastern literature and culture. He is the author of a book on Paul Bowles' short fiction and is completing a biography of Alfred Chester. From 1992 to 1994, he was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Damascus, Syria.



  • "The Possibility/Impossibility of Private Discourse: Jacques Derrida's The Post Card and Circumfession." International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Rotterdam, June 2002.
  • "Tennessee Williams in Tangier." Invited Speaker at Tennessee Williams Festival, New Orleans, March 30, 2001.
  • "Paul Bowles's Fictional Images of North Africa: Orientalist?"Panel on "Imagining North Africa: Responses to Orientalism in Egypt and Morocco, Middle East Studies Association, Orlando, Florida, November 2000.
  • "Modernism and Diaspora" (symposium participant), Modern Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2000.
  • "Metaphoric and Real Encounters with North Africa: The Making of Poststructuralist Thought," International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Stony Brook, N.Y., May 2000.
  • "Notions of Power in Contemporary Literary Theory," Honors Lecture Series, MTSU, February 21, 2000.
  • "Writing the Life of Alfred Chester," English Graduate Student Forum, Department of English, Vanderbilt University, April 1999.
  • "Alfred Chester and the Bowleses," American Literature Association, San Diego, May 1998.
  • "Contemporary Arabic Literature," Murfreesboro Women's Club, Feb 17, 1997.
  • "The Fiction and Real Lives of Jane and Paul Bowles," Modern Language Association, December, 1996.
  • "Jane and Paul Bowles," American Literature Association Symposium on Influences, Friendships, and Rivalries: Exploring the Relationships between Male and Female Writers of the United States, Cancun, Mexico, December 12-15, 1996.
  • "Living in the Arab World," Honors Lecture Series, MTSU, Sept. 9, 1996.
  • "Literary Activity in the Postcolonial Scene," Guest Speaker, International Conference on Literature, Linguistics and Translation, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, April 1996.
  • "Americanism and World Culture and Literature," A Humanities Series Lecture, Murray State University, November 16, 1995.
  • "Jane's Travesties," Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, April 1, 1995.
  • "There's No Place Like Homs," Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 26, 1995.
  • "Geography, Culture and the Literary Imagination," Middle Tennessee State University Geoscience Club, February 14, 1995.
  • "A Tale of Two Nobels: Toni Morrison and William Faulkner," 1st Annual Conference on Literature, Linguistics and Translation, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, April 1994.
  • "Critical Theory Since My Birth," Al-Ba'ath University, Homs, Syria, December 7, 1993.
  • "Rewriting the Social Contract: Prospects and Problems for the Individual in 19th Century America," 2nd Symposium on American Literature, Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, May 1993.
  • "Paul Bowles: An American Writer in the Arab World," A Public Lecture, The American Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria, October 28, 1992.
  • "Getting Away With Murder: Generic and Ideological Subversion in the Novels of Patricia Highsmith," Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film, February 1992.
  • "The Achievement of Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz," A public lecture sponsored by the Tennessee Humanities Council, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, January 12, 1992.
  • "Cultural Dynamics and Issues of Authority: Contemporary Arabic Literature in Translation," Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Seminar, Fall 1991.
  • "Problems and Possibilities in Bowles Scholarship and Research," A Public Lecture, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, June 1991.
  • "Cultural Upheaval and Fictional Form: Three Novelistic Responses to Nasser's Egypt," International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Montreal, May 1991.