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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
457 Burrowes Building
(814) 863-6437
Anna  Ziajka Stanton

Curriculum Vitae


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

Professional Bio

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 forthcoming monograph, The Worlding of Arabic Literature: Language, Affect, and the Ethics of Translatability (Fordham University Press, 2023), examines practices of translating Arabic literature into English that activate embodied forms of language and affective modes of reception to position Arabic literature ethically for circulation in the world literary system. My scholarship has appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, the Journal of Arabic Literature, the Journal of World LiteratureMiddle Eastern Literatures, and Philological Encounters. My translation from Arabic 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. I have been Associate Editor at the Journal of Arabic Literature since 2018.