Dima Ayoub

CV Starr Fellow in Int'l Studies / Asst Prof of Arabic

 
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Dima Ayoub, Ph.D. (McGill University) is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Director of the Middle East Studies Program. Her research focuses on the importance of paratexts in the literary development of modern Arabic literature in translation. Her book manuscript titled Paratext and Power: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation rewrites the current literary history of modern Arabic literature through the lens of the paratext. In addition to her specialization in translation studies, her work also focuses on feminist and queer theory as well as postcolonial studies.

Dr. Ayoub is also at work on connecting the fields of Digital Humanities with studies of Arabic literature and is currently developing a digital archive of modern Arabic literature in English, French, and Spanish translation. To learn more about the project go here. She frequently participates in Digital Humanities Institutes and is a recent recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Berlin.

Areas of teaching/expertise: modern Arabic literature; Critical translation theory; Digital Humanities; Anglo-Arab literature; Arab cinema; Empire and postcolonial Studies; Postmodern literature; Gender studies, Arab feminism(s); Arab masculinities; Queer Arabic literature; Literatures of migration and diaspora; Arab-Jewish literature and culture. 

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ARBC 0102 - Beginning Arabic II      

Beginning Arabic II
This course is an intensive continuation of ARBC 0101. In addition to the goals stated for that course there will be extra emphasis on cultural skills during winter term. (ARBC 0101 or equivalent). LNG WTR

Winter 2020

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ARBC 0103 - Beginning Arabic III      

Beginning Arabic III
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0102. 6 hrs. lect/disc (ARBC 0102 or equivalent) LNG

Spring 2020

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ARBC 0201 - Intermediate Arabic I      

Intermediate Arabic I
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0103. Emphasis is placed on reading authentic materials from Arabic media, expanding students' vocabulary, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture and communicative competence. (ARBC 0103 or equivalent) 6 hrs. lect/disc LNG

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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ARBC 0202 - Intermediate Arabic II      

Intermediate Arabic II
This course is a continuation of Arabic 0201. Fifth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. This course stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. (ARBC 0201 or equivalent). 6 hrs. lect/disc LNG

Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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ARBC 0220 / GSFS 0220 - Arab Women's Lit in Translat      

Arab Women’s Literature in Translation
In this course, we will explore writings by Arab women and will closely examine the major theoretical and political issues in the translation of texts from Arabic to English. We will look in particular at the intersection of gender, politics, and the legacy of Orientalism, exploring translation and reception, gender and genre, and categories of knowledge production about Arab women. In addition to an introduction to the major theories of translation studies, we will also explore feminist and postcolonial theories and methodologies for studying and understanding contemporary Arab women’s literature. (National/Transnational Feminisms) AAL LIT MDE

Fall 2017

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ARBC 0235 / GSFS 0235 - Gender Politics in Arab World      

Gender Politics of the Arab World
The aim of this course is to explore the ways in which the social and cultural construction of sexual difference shapes the politics of gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa. Using interdisciplinary feminist theories, we will explore key issues and debates including the interaction of religion and sexuality, women’s movements, gender-based violence, queerness and gay/straight identities. Looking at the ways in which the Arab Spring galvanized what some have called a “gender revolution,” we will examine women’s roles in the various revolutions across the Arab World, and explore the varied and shifting gender dynamics in the region. Taught in English (formerly ARBC/GSFS 0328) 3 hrs. Sem. (National/Transnational Feminisms) AAL CMP CW MDE SOC

Fall 2019

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ARBC 0328 / GSFS 0328 - Gender Politics in Arab World      

Gender Politics of the Arab World
The aim of this course is to explore the ways in which the social and cultural construction of sexual difference shapes the politics of gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa. Using interdisciplinary feminist theories, we will explore key issues and debates including the interaction of religion and sexuality, women’s movements, gender-based violence, queerness and gay/straight identities. Looking at the ways in which the Arab Spring galvanized what some have called a “gender revolution,” we will examine women’s roles in the various revolutions across the Arab World, and explore the varied and shifting gender dynamics in the region. (Any one GSFS course or by approval) 3 hrs. Sem. (National/Transnational Feminisms) AAL CMP CW MDE SOC

Spring 2018

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ARBC 0335 / GSFS 0335 - Gndr&Migr: Modrn Arb Lit & Cin      

Gender and Migration in Modern Arabic Literature and Cinema
The study of migration and gender as intersecting areas of inquiry offers multiple possibilities for exploring modern Arabic literature and cinema. The modern Arab world is shaped by steady flows of migration and displacement, heavily influencing the literary and visual expression of the twentieth and twenty-first century. In this course we will attend to the formation of “gender” as a category of study, while also paying attention to class and religion as these center on and inform migration flows and displacement in the modern Arab world. We will study a number of novels and films that focus on the ways in which the “modern” in the Arab world is shaped and produced by migrations flows, displacement, and diasporas.(National/Transnational Feminisms) 3 hrs. lect. AAL LIT MDE

Fall 2018

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ARBC 0412 - Contemporary Arab Cinema      

Contemporary Arab Cinema
This course will present an overview of contemporary Arab cinema, exploring the way in which this cinema reflects the dynamics of political, economic, and social change in modern Arab societies. The course will be conducted exclusively in Arabic and will involve reading texts that present an overview of contemporary Arab cinema as well as texts analyzing notable and award-winning Arabic films. (ARBC 0302 or equivalent) 3 hrs. sem. AAL ART LNG MDE

Fall 2016, Spring 2020

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ARBC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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ARBC 0600 - Senior Project      

Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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ARBC 0700 - Senior Thesis I      

Senior Thesis I
Approval required.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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ARBC 0701 - Senior Thesis II      

Senior Thesis II
Approval required.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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CMLT 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
A senior thesis is normally completed over two semesters. During Fall and Winter terms, or Winter and Spring terms, students will write a 35-page (article length) comparative essay, firmly situated in literary analysis. Students are responsible for identifying and arranging to work with their primary language and secondary language readers, and consulting with the program director before completing the CMLT Thesis Declaration form. (Approval required.)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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Department of Arabic

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