Arabic, Translation & the Postfrancophone Lyric
Through fine-grained analyses of poetry, translations, commentaries, chapbooks, art books, and essays, Pacifist Invasions proposes a cross-cultural history and rereading of French and francophone literatures in relation to the transversal translations and transmissions of classical Arabic poetics. It offers a translingual, comparative repositioning of the field of francophone postcolonial studies along a fluid, translational Franco-Arabic axis. The vision of the postfrancophone succeeds the point of exhaustion within the French poetic sociolect, with wide-ranging and surprising implications for the study of French and francophone poetry.
Yasser Elhariry is Assistant Professor of French at Dartmouth College. He received the 53rd Annual William Riley Parker Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association for an outstanding article in PMLA. He is coeditor of 'Critically Mediterranean: Temporalities, Aesthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis'.
Note on Translations
Preface // Ends of French
Introduction // Word Over Word
Part One // Odists
1 Translating Translating Tengour
2 Sky-Birds & Dead Trees: On Two Images in Edmond Jabès
Part Two // Sufis
3 Wine Song: Salah Stétié & ʿOmar ibn al-Fārid
4 Sufis in Mecca: Abdelwahab Meddeb, Ibn ʿArabī, & the New Lyric
Part Three // Andalusians
5 Heliotropic Exit: Ryoko Sekiguchi’s Muwashshah
Conclusion // Postfrancophone
Elegant, textured, and richly insightful, Yasser Elhariry’s book nimbly explores Franco-Arab writers who infuse French poetry with Arabic cultural traditions. Helpfully delineating major Arabic forms that go back many centuries, Elhariry examines how contemporary poets intertextually and interlingually intertwine them with French. They remake the landscape of French poetry, unleashing new possibilities by their reverse colonization of French with the idioms, forms, and spirituality of Muslim Arab lands. An important study of a fascinatingly translingual and intercultural body of work.
Jahan Ramazani, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry
"Pacifist Invasions will be of major importance to scholars of postcolonial francophone literature and intervenes in important ways in ongoing debates on world literature."
Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California
Publication: October 25, 2017
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 48