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Translation Salon with Adam Talib and Rebecca Johnson

01/12/2017 06:00 PM

@ Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley 1

Translation Salon with Adam Talib and Rebecca Johnson

Join us for a casual evening of readings and discussion of contemporary Arabic literature, as well as the process and politics of its translation, with Adam Talib and Rebecca Johnson.

ADAM TALIB teaches classical Arabic literature at the American University in Cairo. Adam is also a translator of modern Arabic literature and has translated novels and short stories by Egyptian, Syrian, Saudi, Palestinian, Algerian, Iraqi, and Sudanese authors. His most recent translation, Raja Alem's The Dove's Necklace (co-translated with Katharine Halls), came out in 2016 from Overlook Press.

REBECCA JOHNSON teaches Middle Eastern literary and cultural studies with a special focus on modern Arabic literature at Northwestern University. Her current book project studies the intertwined early histories of the Arabic and English novels, using translation as a lens through which to understand the form and function of the genre. Her translation with the author of Sinan Antoon's I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody is available from City Lights Books.

Founded in 2015, the Global Humanities Initiative at Northwestern University strives to bring attention to the rich humanistic traditions of the non-West and the continuing role of the humanities in building a more just, tolerant, and humane 21st century.

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