Wen-chin Ouyang is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London.
Wen-chin Ouyang was born in Taiwan and raised in Libya. She completed her BA in Arabic at Tripoli University and PhD Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University in New York City. Before moving to London, she taught Arabic language, literature and culture at Columbia University, University of Chicago and University of Virginia.
Ouyang has written extensively on classical and modern Arabic narrative and literary criticism. She is the author of Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition (1997), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012) and Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013).
Editor-in-Chief of Middle Eastern Literatures and a member of the editorial board of Bulletin of SOAS, Ouyang also founded and co-edits Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature. She chaired the editorial board of Middle East in London magazine (2007-2008) and contributes regularly to Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature.