SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Translation of Classical Arabic Literary Texts in Contemporary Cultural Context(s): ('Maqamat al-Hamadhani' as a case study)

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED

Date: 24 January 2018Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 24 January 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Talk

Speaker: Dr František Ondráš

As language and culture are inseparable in the process of translating literary works, the main interest of this study is to demonstrate the techniques and the strategies used in translating Maqamat al-Hamadhani and to show the importance of it in solving the difficulties resulted by the semantic and metalinguistic differences. Furthermore, it fathoms dimensions of differences between Arabic, English and Czech, as well as between the three cultures. Moreover, to show a difficulty of rendering cultural aspects due to the gaps between the three different languages and cultures.

Dr. František Ondráš, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Arabic Studies.

​He was a lecturer of Czech Language, Literature and Culture at Faculty of Languages, Ain Shams University in Cairo 1990–1995. Since 1995 he has been teaching Standard and Colloquial Arabic, Classical and Modern Arabic Literature and Culture. He is author of several studies on Modern Arabic Prose, including Modern Egyptian Prose (1980 – 2000) (2003), Autobiographical Narrative Document in the Works of Egyptian Writer Sun´allah Ibrahim (2008), and Ancient Egypt in Modern Egyptian Prose (2008). 

Research:

  • Classical and Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Novel
  • Translation of Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Culture and Modern Arabic Society

Publications (selection):

Abu ´l-Fadl Badi´az-Zaman al-Hamadhani: Maqamat, Prague: Academia, 2016.

„Když potulný literát, tak výřečný a vynalézavý kejklíř: Maqámy jako zábavný žánř arabské středověké prózy“ (If a wandering writer, thus an eloquent and inventive juggler: The Maqamat, an entertainment genre in Arab medieval prose), in: Fischerová, Sylva – Starý, Jiří (eds.), Starodávné bejlí. Obrysy populární a brakové literatury ve starověku a středověku, Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2016, s. 187-209.

„Téma hrdiny/antihrdiny v románovém díle Podivuhodné příběhy kolem zmizení Sa´ída, smolaře a pesoptimisty“ (Hero/Antihero in the Novel The Secret Life of Saeed, the Pessoptimist), in: Bílek, Petr A., Procházka, Martin, Wiendl, Jan (eds.), Hrdina – antihrdina – superhrdina – nehrdina v kulturním prostoru minulosti a současnosti, Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2016, s. 151-164.

“The Contemporary Literary (Re)flection of Ancient Egypt”, in: Gažáková, Zuzana – Drobný, Jaroslav (eds.), Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honour of Ján Pauliny, Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského v Bratislavě, 2016, p. 133-148.

Contact email: fo@soas.ac.uk