Revolt Against the Sun: In Conversation with Emily Drumsta on translating Iraqi Avant-Garde poet Nazik al-Mala’ikah

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5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Speaker: Emily Drumsta (Brown University)

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The Iraqi poet Nazik al-Mala’ikah was one of the most important Arab poets of the twentieth century. A pioneer of free verse poetry, over the course of her career, she transformed the landscape of modern Arabic literature and culture. Revolt Against the Sun presents a selection of Nazik al-Mala’ikah’s poetry in English for the first time.

Join us for a conversation with the translator, Dr Emily Drumsta, who will read from the collection and discuss the translation process with Dr Annie Webster, chaired by Professor Wen-chin Ouyang.

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Emily Drumsta is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University. Her current book project, Ways of Seeking, explores the history of detection and investigation in twentieth-century fictions from the Arab world. Her translation, Revolt Against the Sun: The Selected Poetry of Nazik al-Mala'ikah , was the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation prize in 2018. She is a co-founder of Tahrir Documents, an online archive of newspapers, broadsides, pamphlets, and other ephemera collected in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 2011 uprisings in Egypt

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This event is co-hosted by CCLPS (Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies) and CTS (Centre for Translation Studies) at SOAS.