Dwight Reynolds

Dwight Reynolds
Professor of Religious Studies
UC Santa Barbara

Dwight Reynolds is Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his central interests include Arabic Language and Literature, Autobiography, Performance Studies, Oral and Musical Traditions of the Middle East, and Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodologies.

Selected Publications:

  • The Sirat Bani Hilal Digital Archive: www.siratbanihilal.ucsb.edu
  • Arab Folklore: A Handbook, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2007
  • The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period, Section Editor (Part IV: Popular Prose) & Contributing Author (pp. 245-69, 270-91, 307-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • “Symbolic Narratives of Self: Dreams in Medieval Arabic Autobiography.” In Defining Fiction and Adab in Medieval Arabic Literature, ed. Philip Kennedy. Studies in Arabic Language and Literature, Harrassowitz Verlag, Volume 7: 259-284, 2005.
  • “La Música Andalusí como Patrimonio Cultural Circum-Mediterráneo.” In El patrimonio cultural, multiculturalidad y gestión de la diversidad [Cultural Patrimony, Multiculturalism, and the Management of Diversity], 128-141. Eds. Gunther Dietz and Gema Carrera. Sevilla: Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico, 2005.
  • Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition. Dwight F. Reynolds, editor and co-author. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.
  • “Creating an Epic: From Apprenticeship to Publication,” in Textualization of Oral Epics, ed. Lauri Honko. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Pp.247-262, 2000.
  • “Music,” in Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, The Literature of Al-Andalus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 60-82, 2000.
  • “Musical ‘Membrances of Medieval Muslim Spain,'” in Charting Memory: Recalling Medieval Spain, ed. Stacy Beckwith. New York: Garland, pp. 155-168, 2000.
  • Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.