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Author Tageldin, Shaden M., author

Title Disarming words : empire and the seductions of translation in Egypt / Shaden M. Tageldin
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 348 pages) : illustrations
Series FlashPoints ; 5
Flashpoints (Berkeley, Calif.) ; 5
Contents Note on Translation and Transliteration -- Overture : Cultural Imperialism Revisited: Translation, Seduction, Power -- The Irresistible Lure of Recognition -- The Dismantling I : Al-Attar's Antihistory of the French in Egypt, 1798-1799 -- Suspect Kinships : Al-Tahtawi and the Theory of French-Arabic "Equivalence," 1827-1834 -- Surrogate Seed, World-Tree : Mubarak, al-Sibai, and the Translations of "Islam" in British Egypt, 1882-1912 -- Order, Origin, and the Elusive Sovereign : Post-1919 Nation Formation and the Imperial Urge toward Translatability -- English Lessons : The Illicit Copulations of Egypt at Empire's End -- Coda : History, Affect, and the Problem of the Universal
Summary In a book that radically challenges conventional understandings of the dynamics of cultural imperialism, Shaden M. Tageldin unravels the complex relationship between translation and seduction in the colonial context. She examines the afterlives of two occupations of Egypt--by the French in 1798 and by the British in 1882--in a rich comparative analysis of acts, fictions, and theories that translated the European into the Egyptian, the Arab, or the Muslim. Tageldin finds that the encounter with European Orientalism often invited colonized Egyptians to imagine themselves "equal" to or even "master
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comparative literature -- Arabic and English
Comparative literature -- English -- Congresses
Language and languages in literature.
Postcolonialism -- Egypt.
Translating and interpreting -- Egypt -- History -- 19th century.
Translating and interpreting -- Egypt -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011005499
ISBN 0520950046 (electronic bk.)
9780520950047 (electronic bk.)