1st Edition

Reading Iraqi Women’s Novels in English Translation
Iraqi Women’s Stories

ISBN 9780367857172
Published October 29, 2020 by Routledge
120 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

By exploring how translation has shaped the literary contexts of six Iraqi woman writers, this book offers new insights into their translation pathways as part of their stories’ politics of meaning-making.

The writers in focus are Samira Al-Mana, Daizy Al-Amir, Inaam Kachachi, Betool Khedairi, Alia Mamdouh and Hadiya Hussein, whose novels include themes of exile, war, occupation, class, rurality and storytelling as cultural survival. Using perspectives of feminist translation to examine how Iraqi women’s story-making has been mediated in English translation across differing times and locations, this book is the first to explore how Iraqi women’s literature calls for new theoretical engagements and why this literature often interrogates and diversifies many literary theories’ geopolitical scope.

This book will be of great interest for researchers in Arabic literature, women’s literature, translation studies and women and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Pathways of Iraqi women’s story-writing in English translation

Chapter 2: Translating ‘the Uncanny’- Samira Al-Mana and Daizy Al-Amir

  • The ‘Uncanny’ and الإغتراب [al-ightirāb] as home, exile and ‘normality’ in Iraqi literature
  • Samira Al-Mana & حبل السرة [The Umbilical Cord] (1990): recovering lost stories
  • Daizy Al-Amir: على لائحة الانتظار [On The Waiting List] (1988): an uncanny staging

Chapter 3: Translating gendered dis/location in post-2003 Iraq - Inaam Kachachi

  • الحفيدة الأميركية [The American Granddaughter]: critical contexts
  • الحفيدة الأميركية [The American Granddaughter] (2009) ‘doubled’ in translation
  • A comparative reading: the politics of gender (dis/re) location in re/translation
  • (Re)locating different women’s voices in Arabic and English para/translation
  • Conclusion: a paradigm of aural feminist translation

Chapter 4: Conversations about ‘solidarity among the subaltern’ - Betool Khedairi

  • كم بدت السماء قريبة! [A Sky So Close!]: critical contexts
  • Reading Iraqi women writing ‘solidarity among the subaltern’ across languages
  • Interactions as conversations: para/translating Iraqi rurality
  • Cross-language representations of Iraqi alterity and solidarity

Chapter 5: Re/writing confrontations in translation: Alia Mamdouh and Hadiya Hussein

  • Beyond gendered binaries of violence: reading Iraqi women’s literature of war and conflict
  • حبات النفتالين [Mothballs] by Alia Mamdouh: critical contexts
  • Mothballs and Naphtalene: confronting gendered un/translatabilities and conflict
  • ما بعد الحب [Beyond Love] (2003): critical contexts
  • Para/translating confrontations of war: au/their/ing Iraqi solidarity across languages

Ongoing questions: re/reading Iraq women’s stories in English (para) translation

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Ruth Abou Rached is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Southampton and specialises in teaching Translation Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and Arabic studies to widen university access to under-represented groups. Her work on Iraqi women’s literature was inspired by community work in the UK and living in the Middle East. Her research interests include Iraqi and Arab women’s writing, Palestinian and other exilic literatures, postcolonial literary studies and intersectional feminist translation theories. She is editor for New Voices in Translation Studies, International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS).