Legible Others: Paratext and Power in Translation
Thursday, March 3, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Focusing on the technology of the paratext—glossaries, introductions, prefaces, notes, forewords and afterwords—this lecture examines how, in the post-WWII period, publishers relied on paratexts to entice English readers, who by and large were uninterested in Arabic authors and their work. Materializing hand-in-hand with a growing corpus of Arabic literature in translation, paratexts serve an integral role in promoting Arabic literature in a publishing industry heavily influenced by foreign policy in the Middle-East. Dima Ayoub, Ph.D. (McGill University) is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and C.V. Starr Junior Faculty Fellow in International Studies at Middlebury College. Dr. Ayoub’s work connects the fields of Digital Humanities with studies of Arabic and comparative literature – she has developed a digital archive of modern Arabic literature in English, French, German and Spanish translation.