Evelyne Accad (1943- ) is a Lebanese-American Professor Emerita in French Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While a professor in the French and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois (1988-2004), Accad was an adjunct professor in the following programs: African Studies Center, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, the Women's Studies Center, the Middle East Studies, and the Campus honors program. In addition to her role as an educator, Accad is a poet, singer and songwriter, and is known for her research and contribution to Arab feminist writing, gender, anti-war, and non-violent alternatives. Accad was one of the first scholars and feminists to speak out against genital mutilation and other crimes against women. In addition, her comparative analysis of female characters in the works of North African novelists shed light on pervasive inequalities between genders in Northern Africa.
The papers include course materials, correspondence, interviews, research papers, lectures, book reviews, unpublished drafts of journals and books, and poems and songs written by Evelyne Accad.
Organized into three series: Series 1, Courses and Departmental Files, arranged alphabetically by name of department: course files are arranged by course number, then chronologically within each course, and departmental files are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically within each department, and undated materials are located at the end; Series 2, Subject Files, arranged alphabetically by subject area and chronolgically within each subject with undated materials at the end of each subject; and Series 3: Publications, arranged chronologically with journal articles, reports, bulletins, reviews, and conference proceedings first, and book reviews thereafter.