Centre for Studies in Literature


Mr Yousef Barahmeh

  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone:
  • Email: yousef.barahmeh@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Yousef is currently working on his doctoral project that focuses on contemporary Arab-Jordanian social and political humour and satire. His research framework engages Theories of Humour, Bakhtin’s Theory of Carnival and Carnivalesque, as much as the tenets of Critical Discourse Analysis in generating verbal humour and satirical discourses. His current research also focuses on classical Arab satire and influences from Greco-Roman literatures, as well as the contemporary satirical trends in Europe and more specifically in Arab countries before and after the so-called Arab Spring. His particular research contribution is on modern and contemporary Jordanian satirical discourse and trends; specifically, the emergence of satirical writing in Jordan since the Kingdom’s political openness in 1989 to the present, as well as the generation of social and political humour through memes, tweets (posts) and comments on social media networks. His current research interests are interdisciplinary and largely influenced by media, cultural and literary studies.  


  • Middle East Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literary Criticism
  • Media studies
  • Popular Culture


  • Culture, Community and Heritage
  • Rethinking Francophone Africa (CEISR)


  • Book: The Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish: A Study of the Three Developmental Phases of his Poetic Career, LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, 2012