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Behind the Scenes: Glossing the Glossary, Digital Approaches to Paratexts and Power in Arabic Literature—Dima Ayoub

Thursday, November 8 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What happens to our reading of literature if the role of the paratext (the ancillary materials surround texts), instead of the text, is foregrounded? Using Edward Said’s notion of the contrapuntal, I discuss how digital modes of analysis facilitate a concurrent process of close and distant readings of paratexts in Arabic-to-English translations. Digital analysis brings to the surface power dynamics—in terms of gender, colonialism, and other key topics—buried in paratexts such as glossaries.

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Dima Ayoub is an Assistant Professor of Arabic at Middlebury College. She received her M.A. in English literature (2006) and PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University (2015). She joined Middlebury College in 2016 after three years of teaching at Georgetown University. Dr. Ayoub specializes in modern Arabic literature with an emphasis on translation, postcolonial, and feminist studies. She is currently at work on a book about histories of translation in modern Arabic literature and questions of linguistic authenticity, gender, and the politics and promise of translation and Arabic language learning.

Behind the Scenes: Glossing the Glossary, Digital Approaches to Paratexts and Power in Arabic Literature—Dima Ayoub

Date: November 8, 2018

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Date:
Thursday, November 8
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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DLA
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dla@middlebury.edu

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CTLR Lounge
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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