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Anna Ziajka Stanton

Anna  Ziajka Stanton

Caroline D. Eckhardt Early Career Professor of Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Member of the Graduate Committee

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Office Phone: (814) 863-6437

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  1. Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  2. B.A. in Arabic and English, Georgetown University, 2007


I am a scholar of Arabic literature and culture, world literature, and translation theory, as well as an active translator of Arabic texts in multiple genres. My current book project examines the ethics of literariness in English translations of Arabic literature as a matter of literary and linguistic forms, and the embodied and affective encounters that such forms invite from a translator, reader, or critic. I am also interested in the question of how 21st-century Arabic literary prizes are reshaping the ways that the modern Arabic novel circulates in today’s world literary field. My scholarship has appeared in Philological Encounters and the Journal of Arabic Literature, and my translation of Hilal Chouman’s novel Limbo Beirut was longlisted for the 2017 PEN Translation Prize and shortlisted for the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation.