Out Now: ‘Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation’

Last week, McGill’s Islamic Studies Library saw the launch of Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, edited by Professor Michelle Hartman of McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies:

The volume, part of the MLA’s “Options for Teaching” series, addresses a number of issues around teaching with Arabic literature in translation, including “issues such as gender, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the status of Arabic literature in world literature. Essays cover writers from the recent past, like Emile Habiby and Tayeb Salih; contemporary Palestinian, Egyptian, and Syrian literatures; and the literature of the nineteenth-century Nahda.”

In addition to Hartman, other contributors include Allen Hibbard, Rebecca C. Johnson, Rula Jurdi, Maya Kesrouany, Anne-Marie McManus, Philip Metres, Mara Naaman, Ken Seigneurie, Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Stephen Sheehi and ArabLit founding editor M. Lynx Qualey.

A table of contents is available at the MLA website.

This is the second such volume in two years, following Arabic Literature for the Classroom: Teaching Methods, Theories, Themes and Texts (Routledge, 2017), edited by Muhsin al-Musawi. This follows a sharp rise both of translation of modern Arabic works into English and interest in teaching, reading, and reviewing them.


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