Hamza Karam Ally

Hamza Karam Ally

Faculty Fellow

| Foundation Year Program

| Faculty Member

Hamza Karam Ally Hamza Karam Ally

BA (University of Toronto), MSc (University of Glasgow), PhD (York University)

Hamza Karam Ally is a Fellow in the Foundation Year Program. He has a PhD in Humanities from York University with particular interests in modern literature, interdisciplinary critical theory, phenomenology and postcolonialism. His doctoral work developed the subject of radical alterity/otherness in modern literary texts from multiple traditions, working with continental philosophy and postcolonial theory.

His current project explores the impact of September 11 and the ‘War on Terror’ on the modern literary canon of the United States and South Asia and particularly on contemporary discourses surrounding terrorism, migration, invasion and colonialism. He has recently published work on alterity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, the Hegelian and postcolonial ‘other’ in Albert Camus’ The Stranger and Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, as well as on the subjects of trauma and mourning in Don DeLillo’s post 9/11 novel Falling Man.

He has taught seminars on a breadth of subjects, including classic literature and genre fiction, American history and culture, Postcolonial literature, South Asian literature, feminist writing etc. He has an unwritten novel in mind which he is pretty sure could be either brilliant or else terrible.


  • “‘Which Story Do You Prefer?’: The Limits of The Symbolic in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Literature and Theology, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • “Mourning in the Age of Terror: Revisiting Don DeLillo’s Elusive 9/11 novel Falling Man”. Canadian Review of American Studies, University of Toronto Press, vol. 49, no. 3, Nov 2019.
  • “The Stranger and the Other: Radical Alterity in Albert Camus’ The Stranger and Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation”. Otherness: Essays and Studies, Aarhus University, vol. 6, no. 2, Dec 2018.

Conference Papers

  • “Speaking Nearby: Toward a Phenomenological Language of Alterity”. Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Conference paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2019.

 Current Project

  • The Sacred Other: American and South Asian Literature after September 11.