Call for Essay Proposals: Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

I don’t usually post CFPs, but since I know a number of you teach Arabic literature (in translation):

top_mla_logoFrom the call:

Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series entitledTeaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, to be edited by Michelle Hartman. This volume is designed to offer a broad range of ways to think through the teaching of Arabic literature in translation in English. Essays will address the challenges of teaching Arabic literature in translation in a variety of courses and institutions. The volume will provide suggestions for nonspecialists who wish to teach Arabic literature, and it will offer specialists in the field new perspectives on teaching. Essays should focus not just on teaching the texts but on teaching them as translations and should demonstrate some familiarity with the field of translation studies. Essays should also take into account the following: the legacies of orientalism in teaching Arabic literature today; the politics of teaching Arabic literature in particular locations (whether in North America or elsewhere); and the ethical responsibilities of teaching literature translated from Arabic in the classroom. Modern will be used in its broadest possible meaning; essays are welcomed about teaching Arabic literature from any period considered modern, particularly essays on texts from the nineteenth century and/or the nahda. Essays focusing on questions of canonicity and on canonical and noncanonical authors are also welcomed. Possible topics for essays include teaching Arabic literature in different kinds of courses (e.g., postcolonial literature, world literature, gender studies, etc.); teaching Arabic literature if you do not know Arabic; history, current events, and the politics of teaching Arabic literature; working within and beyond the canon of modern Arabic literature. If you are interested in contributing an essay (3,000–3,500 words), please send a summary proposal (500 words) to Michelle Hartman (michelle.hartman[at]mcgill[dot]ca) by 15 November 2013.


  1. What is her email address? The one on your posting seems very garbled. Or am I just getting old? Also, do you think the MLA would want a proposal from a high school teacher, even or especially if the high school teacher has probably read more Middle Eastern literature than most of them? (I think it’s fair to say Ive read over one hundred works of literature, mainly poetry collections, novels and short story collections by Middle Eastern writers. What do you think?

    Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:03:53 +0000 To:

    1. Sorry, I put it that way so that spam wouldn’t go to her address. You have to change the [at] to an @ and the [dot] to a . And why not! I’m sure she’s looking for different angles, not just the same essay over and over again.

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