Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages (Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures)
Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages (Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures)
Edinburgh University Press

Nineteenth-Century US Literature in Middle Eastern Languages (Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures)

  • Publish Date: 2013-08-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Jeffrey Einboden

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A transnational study of the American Renaissance which explores the literary circulation of Middle Eastern translations of 19th-century U.S. literature. In a pioneering approach to classic U.S. Literature, Jeffrey Einboden traces the global afterlives of literary icons from Washington Irving to Walt Whitman and analyses 19th-century American authors as they now appear in Arabic, Hebrew and Persian translation. Crossing linguistic, cultural and national boundaries, Middle Eastern renditions of U.S. texts are interrogated as critical readings and illuminating revisions of their American sources. Why does Moby-Dick both invite and resist Arabic translation? What are the religious and aesthetic implications of re-writing Leaves of Grass in Hebrew? How does rendering The Scarlet Letter into Persian transform Hawthorne's infamous symbol? Uncovering the choices and changes made by prominent Middle Eastern translators, this study is the first to reveal the significance of 'orienting' American classics, dem


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