Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies Colloquium Presents Tarek El - Ariss, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin

Collapsing the West: On the Aversion to Food and Civilization

Mon, November 16, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Professor El - Ariss's presents his reading of a 1850's travel narrative, Revealing the Hidden in the Arts of Europe (1863), produced by one of the most interesting intellectual figures in the Arab world; Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s. In his paper he examines moments of collapse and fragmentation triggered by his encounters with food during his stay in England.  Professor El - Ariss will examine the play of affects in the travelogue, analyzing the ways in which instances of physical collapse (fainting, vomiting) mirror the struggle with the European concept of civilization that most Arab intellectuals at the time were trying to understand and translate. Inherent in this translation, he argues, is an experience of fragmentation that could not be contained in language, an affect, a dissonance that becomes dialectically constitutive of an Arab project of modernity mediated in literature from the 19th century onward.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D- 2004, Cornell

Phone: 232-8291
Office: WMB 6.114
Campus Mail Code: F9400

Arabic Studies

Contemporary Arabic Literature, Film, and Media; Arabic popular culture and new literary genres; 19th- and 20th-century Arabic travel writing; Translation studies and Post-structuralism

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