Trials of Arab Modernity: A Book Launch
NOV 06, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
November 06, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Challenging prevalent conceptualizations of modernity—which treat it either as a Western ideology imposed by colonialism or as a universal narrative of progress and innovation—this study instead offers close readings of the simultaneous performances and contestations of modernity staged in works by authors such as Rifa’a al-Tahtawi, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, Tayeb Salih, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hamdi Abu Golayyel, and Ahmad Alaidy.
Tarek El-Ariss is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political (Fordham University Press) and editor of The Arab Renaissance: Literature, Culture, Media (MLA Book Series, Texts and Translations). El-Ariss co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Middle East Studies on Queer Affects (May 2012) and contributed an article. His new project examines intersections of digital activism and experimental writing in the Arab world.