Lina Abushouk is a graduate student at the English Department and a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University. Her work exists at the intersection of postcolonial theory, aesthetics, visual culture, theories of the novel, political economy and development. Her dissertation project currently entitled The Aesthetics of Underdevelopment: Development, Bourgeois Subjectivity and the African Novel looks at the unfinished project of decolonization in the midcentury and the ways in which cultural nationalism obfuscates the affects of novelistic disappointment and disaffection from the project of nation building. The dissertation argues that these affects come to influence and define the forms and aesthetic sensibilities that come to both bear on genres of African writing in English and the bourgeois sensibilities that emerge in an era of neoliberalism. Lina’s intellectual interests include Marxism, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Political Theory and Continental Philosophy. Outside of her academic work, Lina has been a co-founding member and co-editor-in-chief of Skin Deep. Her writings have appeared in Dismantling Race in Higher Education and Hysteria Magazine.
Department of English