Poet Galal El-Behairy’s ‘Letter from Tora Prison’

via ArabLit: Ahead of the expected verdict for imprisoned Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy, ArabLit — like PEN centers around the world — is sharing a work El-Behairy wrote in prison: El-Behairy was arrested more than three months ago, on March 3, 2018, on charges related to his most recent book of poems, خير نسوان الأرض, The Finest Women on Earth (2018) and lyrics he wrote for Ramy Essam’s song “Balaha.” A campaign against him … Read more Poet Galal El-Behairy’s ‘Letter from Tora Prison’

Belonging to Human Time: A Syrian Contribution to Arab Poetics

via ArabLit MAY 16, 2018 Poet Saleh Diab recently edited a bilingual, French-Arabic, anthology of Syrian poetry: By Daniel Behar, Hussein Bin Hamza Saleh Diab’s recently published bilingual anthology in French and Arabic consecrates the Syrian contribution to Arab poetics and world poetry. This selection was compiled and translated over the course of more than eight years. In this interview, Diab presents his views about the place of Syrian … Read more Belonging to Human Time: A Syrian Contribution to Arab Poetics

5 from Gazan Writer Atef Abu Saif

via ArabLit. Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif is a talented and insightful political scientist, novelist, short-story writer, and editor who lives in Gaza: 1. Still Life: Scenes in Gaza Time (2006), translated by William Hutchins. This excerpt begins: He discovered suddenly that Gaza had a sea — a big sea, too. It was blue — like a dark-colored painting — and in the evening the sun resembled a giant orange plunging … Read more 5 from Gazan Writer Atef Abu Saif

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘World Literature and its Discontents’

  BY MLYNXQUALEY on APRIL 30, 2018• ( 1 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a discussion with Gretchen Head, Assistant Professor of Literature at Yale-NUS College, Yale University’s Singapore campus, and co-editor of The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives. Here, Head discusses her “World Literature and its Discontents.” An abridged syllabus is available at the end: Relating Arabic literature to “world” literature (both … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘World Literature and its Discontents’

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: Classical Texts That ‘Capture a Sense of Marvel, Wonder, Humor, And, Above All, Adventure’

Via MLYNXQUALEY on APRIL 16, 2018 & ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a re-run: a discussion with Sean W. Anthony — a historian and professor at Ohio State University in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures. In an interview that also appeared on the Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) website, Anthony talks about teaching with the LAL texts: Which works do you teach from van Gelder’s Classical … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: Classical Texts That ‘Capture a Sense of Marvel, Wonder, Humor, And, Above All, Adventure’

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘Djinn Stories: Poetry, Madness, and Memory’

Via Arab Literature (In English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on APRIL 2, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Shir Alon, Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow at Washington & Lee, around her course “Djinn Stories: Poetry, Madness, and Memory.” A course schedule is at the bottom: What inspired this djinntastic course? What did it initially cohere around?  Shir … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘Djinn Stories: Poetry, Madness, and Memory’

Women’s Nonfiction on Political Detention: From Iraq to Palestine

via Arabic Literature (in English)  &  MLYNXQUALEY on MARCH 27, 2018 • ( 0 ) “Keep still, the stories will come to you if you listen” By Nora Parr Photo by Amal Eqeiq Between them, the nine authors collected into Hafla li-Tha’ira [A Party for Thai’ra/the Revolutionary] lived nearly 50 years in Israeli prison. They saw babies born in confinement and raised so that they only knew the locking … Read more Women’s Nonfiction on Political Detention: From Iraq to Palestine

Uri Avnery:  Son of a Dog

24.3.18 THE CLOSER Mahmoud Abbas gets to the end of his reign, the more extreme his language becomes. Recently he spoke about Donald Trump and uttered the words “May your house be destroyed”. In Arabic this is a common curse, and sounds less extreme than in English. But even in Arabic this is not a usual phrase when speaking about a head of state. This week Abbas spoke about … Read more Uri Avnery:  Son of a Dog

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘Arab Women Memoirs, Writing Feminist History’

via Arab Lit (in English) & BY AMALEQ on MARCH 19, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Amal Eqeiq, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College, around her course “Arab Women Memoirs: Writing Feminist History.” A list of required and recommended readings can be found at the end: … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘Arab Women Memoirs, Writing Feminist History’

8 Short Stories by Arab Women for International Women’s Day

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY : Your gift for International Women’s Day is eight great short stories by Arab women, in translation, available free online: By artist Helen Zughaib, in an exhibition “Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys: Humanizing Politics Through Art.” A detail image of her piece Generations Lost, 2014. Photographer: Stephanie Mitchell. Many short stories I’ve recently enjoyed — Hanan al-Shaykh’s “The Angel” in Arab Women Voice New … Read more 8 Short Stories by Arab Women for International Women’s Day