The Islamic Studies Library is pleased to host a launch of Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, edited by Professor Michelle Hartman of McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies. The volume is dedicated to three of her students who will be in attendance for a discussion with Professor Rula Abisaab, also from the Institute of Islamic Studies.
Light refreshments and snacks will be offered.
The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Islamic Studies.
About the book:
“Understanding the complexities of Arab politics, history, and culture has never been more important for North American readers. Yet even as Arabic literature is increasingly being translated into English, the modern Arabic literary tradition is still often treated as other—controversial, dangerous, difficult, esoteric, or exotic. This volume examines modern Arabic literature in context and introduces creative teaching methods that reveal the literature’s richness, relevance, and power to anglophone students..." (from the Modern Language Association's website.)
About the editor:
Michelle Hartman is associate professor of Arabic literature at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. Her research is primarily on women writers from Lebanon and Palestine. She is the author of Native Tongue, Stranger Talk and has also translated from Arabic four novels and a short story collection.”