This collection documents the academic work of literary critic, scholar, and theorist Ihab Hassan. The bulk of these materials
reflect his work on American fiction of the later twentieth century, in addition to his extensive writings on postmodernism,
literary criticism, and cultural studies. The collection primarily contains holograph manuscripts, typescripts, offprints,
and reprints of Hassan's published monographs and articles, in addition to professional papers and lecture materials. Some
audio and video recordings are included. In 2017 a small addition of photographs, literary correspondence, notebooks, and
one flash drive was added.
Ihab Habib Hassan was a prominent critic, scholar, and theorist in the academic study of literature. While focusing his scholarship
on the post-war novel, he was among the first to articulate a concept of the postmodern. He was born in Cairo, Egypt on October
17, 1925. The son of a civil servant, he spent his youth in Egypt and eventually attended the University of Cairo to study
electrical engineering. Upon graduation in 1946, he received the prestigious Egyptian Educational Mission fellowship and left
for the United States to continue his studies in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Hassan has lived
in the United States ever since.
12.5 Linear Feet
(30 boxes) and 10.5 unprocessed linear feet
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research. Access to original audio and video cassettes is restricted; and access to original born
digital files is restricted. Users may request access copies.