What’s New on Electra Street

What’s New on Electra Street

October 2012

Here at Electra Street, we’re gearing up for the first “Abu Dhabi Reads” event, which will be held at NYUAD’s Downtown Campus on Thursday, November 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi out polled the two other finalists, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Keija Parssinen’s The Ruins of Us. We’ll put those two back in the hopper for our spring program, along with other titles suggested by our readers and by participants at the “Reads” event. There’s a notice about the event in our Progressions section, and you can click here to RSVP on the Institute’s website. Please do RSVP if you think you might attend, so we know how many hors d’oeuvres to order!

Leave a question or a comment in our “Life of Pi: Food for Thought” forum, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for movie passes. No spoilers please!

The slideshow features an image by Yzabelle Wuthrich. We are grateful to the artist for permission to reproduce it here and in our publicity for the “Abu Dhabi Reads” event.

Meanwhile, in Avenues, we feature an interview with photographer Nadia Benchallal, and Norina Miszori gives us a preview of Theater Mitu’s production of August Strindberg’s 1901 drama A Dream Play. Progressions features our Life of Pi series but also begins a series devoted to the work of Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal. And, in On Location, Jamie Sutherland reflects on Shakespearean motifs at the opening ceremony of this summer’s Olympics in London.

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Abu Dhabi from Space

Electra Street is a journal of the Arts and Humanities published at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in part as a response to the dynamic and transformative energies that characterize Abu Dhabi as a cultural hub, Electra Street draws attention to the physical, artistic, intellectual, and expressive journeys undertaken by members of NYUAD as they produce and map the many nodes and networks of artistic and intellectual production in the university and city. The journal also serves as a forum for journeys undertaken by today’s academics and artists as they navigate the region and the globe, including the cities that host NYU’s global network such as Accra, Paris, London, New York, and Shanghai.  We are also dedicated to the presentation and production of arts and humanities beyond disciplinary and media-specific boundaries and foreground the complex interrelationships between art, humanities, and culture.

A note on nomenclature: “Electra Street” is the name commonly used for the street where NYU Abu Dhabi’s Sama Tower is located. The official name is Shaikh Zayed the Second Street. According to the Gulf News, the street “inherited its unusual name from an old video and electronic games shop of the same name that has since shut down.”

[Photo Credits: satellite picture of the island of Abu Dhabi taken by International Space Station in March 2003, courtesy of the Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. Source: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov, Filmroll: ISS006-E-32079. Click here for detailed copyright information.]


Cyrus R. K. Patell
is Associate Dean of Humanities for NYU Abu Dhabi and Associate Professor of English at NYU New York. He recently co-edited The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York with Bryan Waterman. His book on the Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls was published last summer in the 33 1/3 series from Continuum Press. He blogs at patell dot org and Patell and Waterman’s History of New York.


Deborah Lindsay Williams
is a member of the NYUNY Liberal Studies faculty and is an Affiliated Faculty member at NYUAD. She teaches the Pathways of World Literature courses “Our Monsters, Ourselves” and “Myth, Magic, and Representations of Childhood.” She is the author of Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship (Palgrave). With Cyrus R.K. Patell, she is the co-editor of Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume Eight, 1940-Present.

Sachi Leith
is a second-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she is currently pursuing a major in History, with a focus in urbanization and the Middle East. Her other interests include literature, writing, and environmental studies.

Jennifer Acker Montague crop Credit Paul Franz

Jennifer Acker
is the founding editor of The Common, a new print and online journal featuring literature and images with a strong sense of place. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her translations, essays, and short stories have appeared in publications such as Harper’s, The New Inquiry, Ascent, and The Millions. Acker was a visiting lecturer at Amherst College in 2011-12 and is currently a Faculty Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi. She writes a monthly column about her Middle Eastern adventures, From the 17th Floor, for The Common Online.

Sheetal Majithia
teaches in Literature at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her work focuses on globalization, comparative post-colonial literature, film, theory, and South Asia, and she is currently at work on a manuscript entitled  “Modernity and Melodrama.” She is a co-founder of Electra Street.


Emily Eagen

Emily Eagen is a third-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she is currently pursuing a double major in Literature and Creative Writing, and Theater. Though as yet undecided in her future career plans, Emily seeks to pursue her passions wherever they may lead while enjoying the wonderful journey of life.

Brook Fowler is a second-year student at New York University Abu Dhabi. She plans to study Theater, with a possible double major in Visual Arts. Her interests include photography, mixed media art, and playwriting, and she hopes to use these mediums to change perceptions.

Lauren Horst is a second-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi, where her interests include sports and journalism. She is currently pursuing a history or literature major.

Katherine James is a third-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi. She is pursuing a major in Literature and Creative Writing at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Norina Miszori is a second-year student at New York University Abu Dhabi. Majoring in Literature with a passion for theater and a strong interest in political science, she plans to devote her work for Electra Street  to exploring the Gulf region’s emerging cultural and social landscape.

Rabha is a second-year student at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her academic interests include Writing, Gender Studies, and Photography.

Zahida Rahemtulla is a second-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi. She plans to study Literature, enjoys writing and made her theatrical debut in NYUAD’s production of The Ramayana.

Sora Yang is a third-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi who is double-majoring in Social Research and Public Policy and History. Her interests are many, ranging from Korean popular culture to urbanization, and she looks forward to combining and pursuing these interests.


What’s Where

Electra Street is divided into several sections. “Avenues” presents work of various kinds from the full range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. “Crossings” offers work that is interdisciplinary or multidisiciplinary or that defies conventional boundaries. “Progressions” presents ongoing colloquia or conversations on various topics within the arts and humanities. “On Location” takes a look at events at sites from across NYU’s global network.

You can also use the “Roundabout” dropdown box at the bottom of the main page to locate work not only by section but also by genre. The “Search” box at the top of the page enables you to conduct free-form searching.