Dima Ayoub

Assistant Professor of Arabic

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Dima Ayoub is an Assistant Professor of Arabic at Middlebury College. She received her M.A. in English literature (2006) and PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University (2015). She joined Middlebury College in 2016 after three years of teaching at Georgetown University. Dr. Ayoub specializes in modern Arabic literature with an emphasis on translation, postcolonial, and feminist studies. She is currently at work on a book about histories of translation in modern Arabic literature and questions of linguistic authenticity, gender, and the politics and promise of translation and Arabic language learning.

Areas of interest/expertise: modern Arabic literature; Critical translation theory; 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. 



Course List: 

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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

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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 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) LNG

Fall 2016

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ARBC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ARBC 0600 - Senior Project      

Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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ARBC 0700 - Senior Thesis I      

Senior Thesis I
Approval required.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ARBC 0701 - Senior Thesis II      

Senior Thesis II
Approval required.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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