webber.1@osu.edu

Sabra Webber

Sabra Webber

Professor Emerita. The Ohio State University Emeritus Academy

webber.1@osu.edu

314 Hagerty Hall
1775 S. College Road
Columbus, OH
43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural Anthropology, Folklore
  • North Africa and the Arab world
  • Social Justice

Education

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology and Folklore, University of Texas, Austin
  • MA in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA in English, Occidental College, Los Angeles (Eagle Rock)
 
Sabra Webber is Professor Emerita in Department of Comparative Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC). 
 
  • Books and Monographs
    Books:
    1969. Lisagharina (“For Our Children”). Tunis: National Publishing House.
    1991. Romancing the Real: Folklore and Ethnographic Representation in North Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    1996. Fantasy or Ethnography: Irony and Collusion in Subaltern Representation. Papers in Comparative Studies, vol. 8. Columbus: Division of Comparative Studies. (co-editor with Margaret Lynd)
    2015. Folklore Unbound: A Concise Introduction. Illinois: Waveland Press.
    In Preparation. Traveler as Trickster: Sir Richard Burton and the Royal Anthropologicals.
     
  • Recent Articles
    1990. “Les fonctions communicatives des devinettes de Kelibia (Tunisie).” (“A sociostructural analysis of Tunisian Riddles.”) Journal of the Institute des Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA). 53 (166): 1-21.
    1993. “Canonicity and Middle Eastern Folk Narrative.” Edebiyyat. NS 4:35-48.
    1996. “Comparative Cultural Studies: Irony, Collusion and Scholarly Practice.”Fantasy or Ethnography: Irony and Collusion in Subaltern Representation. Papers in Comparative Studies 8. (with Margaret Lynd)
    1997. “Romancer le réel: histoires populaires racontées a Kelibia, Tunisie.” Pages 221-230 in Espaces Publiques, Paroles Publiques au Maghreb et au Machrek. Edited by Hannah Davis Taieb, Rabia Bekkar, Jean-Claude David. Paris: Editions L’Harmattan.
    1998. “Middle East Studies and Subaltern Studies.” Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 31(1): 11-16.
    1999. “Tunisian Storytelling Today.” Pages 356-364 in Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook. Edited by Margaret Read MacDonald. London/Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
    2001 “Connaissance narrative et l'histoire d'un rêve” (written in French and Arabic). Revue de l'Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA) 187 (July 2001): 39-50.
    2004. “Arabic and Berber Oral Traditions in North Africa.” Pages 49-70 in The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    2005. “Humor and Religion: Humor and Islam.” Pages 4210-4218 in Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed. Vol. 6. Edited by Lindsay Jones. Macmillan Reference USA.
    2007. “The Horror! The Horror!” A Response to Stanley Kurtz’ ‘Marriage and the Terror War,’ Part I. Anthropology News 48 (5): 17-18.
    2007. “The Horror! The Horror!” A Response to Stanley Kurtz’ ‘Marriage and the Terror War,’ Part II. Anthropology News 48 (6): 6-7
    2007. “Between Global Comparativism and Ethnographic Precision: Toward a Mediterranean Anthropology?” (“Entre vision globale comparatiste et précision ethnographique: vers une anthropologie méditerranéenne?”). Pages 207-222 in Terrains et savoirs actuels de l’anthropologie. Serie Anthropologie-Ethnologie 1. Tunis: Cahiers du C.E.R.E.S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2011 (Appeared 2012)  "Breakthrough into Comparison: “Moving” Stories, Local History, and the Narrative Turn"  Journal of Folklore Research 48(3) :213-247  (co-written with Patrick Mullen).
  • Blogs:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    April 26, 2019. "'A Boatload of Horses': Alan Jabbour's Family Immigration Saga." Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Forthcoming. "The Second Jabbour Immigrant and His Courtship Story."     "Syria Dreamin'."                                                                                                                     Forthcoming. "Syrian-Cracker Foodways." "Negotiating Culture."
  • Video Productions:
    2007. “Alan Jabbour Fiddling Around.” June, 2006. Copyright: Sabra J. Webber and The Ohio State University.
    2007. “A Cultured Man: The Arab American Family Immigration Saga of Dr. Alan Jabbour.” January, 2007. Copyright: Sabra J. Webber and The Ohio State University.