Our hearts are with the Hassan family as we pause to reflect on the life and academic impact of Ihab Hassan, who passed away at the age of 89 in Milwaukee, WI.
Ihab Habib Hassan, born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1925, was a prominent critic, scholar, and theorist in the academic study of literature. He was among the first to articulate a concept of the postmodern and was engaged in dialogue with the major trends of literary theory. In 1990, Hassan served as a Resident Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, Irvine.
Hassan’s exquisite collection of writings on postmodernism, literary criticism, and cultural studies are maintained by the UC Irvine Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. Most recently, his work was featured in the Spring 2015 exhibit, “Through Discerning Eyes: Origins and Impact of Critical Theory at UCI,” and his influence was highlighted during the UCI School of Humanities first annual UC Irvine Critical Theory Institute conference on the question: “Is Theory Critical?”
He is survived by his wife, Sally Hassan and his son, Geoffrey Hassan.