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Arabic Modernism in Translation: Adonis, Elegy, and World Literature

Arabic Modernism in Translation: Adonis, Elegy, and World Literature
4 Bancroft Ave, room 200B
Time: Feb 27th, 1:00 pm End: Feb 27th, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Islamic Studies, Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 1950-2000
Lecture by Robyn Creswell, Yale University

The Institute for Islamic Studies is pleased to present:

Robyn Creswell, Comparative Literature, Yale University

Arabic Modernism in Translation: Adonis, Elegy, and World Literature

Adonis is the signal poet of Arabic modernism, a literary movement that flourished in Beirut in the nineteen-fifties, when the Lebanese capital was the hub of avant-gardism in the Middle East. This talk will situate Arabic modernism in relation to earlier European movements by paying special attention to the role of translation. It will also explore Adonis' poetic elegies (marathi) as a genre of world literature.

Robyn Creswell is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, and poetry editor of the Paris Review. He is the translator of Abdelfattah Kilito's The Clash of Images (New Directions, 2010), and Sonallah Ibrahim's That Smell and Notes from Prison (New Directions, 2013). His essays and reviews have been published in Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The Nation, among other publications. A former fellow of the Cullman Center at New York Public Library, he is the recipient of the 2013 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.

This event is also supported by the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at (416) 946-3461.

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