B A C K > MESA Member Profile

Tageldin, Shaden M.

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; Director, African Studies Initiative
University of Minnesota


Shaden M. Tageldin is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Director of the African Studies Initiative at the University of Minnesota. Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literatures in Arabic, English, and French, her work engages empire and postcolonial studies; critical translation theory; and ideologies of language and literature. Tageldin earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current book project is provisionally titled Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature. Her first book, Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt (University of California Press, 2011; http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520265523), was awarded the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Recent essays include “Fénelon's Gods, al-Tahtawi's Jinn: Trans-Mediterranean Fictionalities,” Philological Encounters (2017); “The Novel in Translation and Transition,” on francophone/arabophone intersections with the post-1945 African novel in English, Oxford History of the Novel in English (2016); “The Place of Africa, in Theory: Pan-Africanism, Postcolonialism, Beyond,” Journal of Historical Sociology (2014); “Proxidistant Reading: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of the Nahdah in U.S. Comparative Literary Studies,” Journal of Arabic Literature (2012); “Mahfouz’s Posts,” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz (2012); “The Returns of Theory,” International Journal of Middle East Studies (2011); “Secularizing Islam: Carlyle, al-Siba‘i, and the Translations of ‘Religion’ in British Egypt,” PMLA (2011), awarded the 2011 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize; and “One Comparative Literature? ‘Birth’ of a Discipline in French-Egyptian Translation, 1810–1834,” Comparative Literature Studies (2010). Other publications include “The African Novel in Arabic,” in The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel, and “Which Qalam for Algeria? Colonialism, Liberation, and Language in Djebar’s L’amour, la fantasia and Mustaghanimi’s Dhakirat al-jasad,” in Comparative Literature Studies. In 2016–2017, Tageldin held a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies; she has received fellowships and grants from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program; Europe in the Middle East--Middle East in Europe program of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; and National Endowment for the Humanities, and she was awarded the 2005 Charles Bernheimer Prize of the ACLA. Tageldin is a member of the Zukunftsphilologie Collegium and the editorial advisory boards of Journal of Arabic Literature and Philological Encounters. In 2017, she chairs the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee and is secretary of the MLA Global Arab and Arab American Studies Forum Executive Committee.

DISCIPLINE
Literature
SUB AREAS
19th-21st Centuries   
Arabic   
Colonialism   
Comparative   
Theory   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Islamic World   
Maghreb   
Egypt   
SPECIALTIES
Arab-Af Rltns & Islam   
Arab & N Af Encounters w/Europe   
Arabic Lit, 19-20th C, in Comp Context   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Fluent)   
French (Fluent)   
EDUCATION
PhD2004Comp LitUC Berkeley
BA1992English and American Literature and LanguageHarvard University
Image
Shaden M. Tageldin






CSCL, 235 Nicholson Hall
University of Minnesota
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN
55455
United States
tageldin@umn.edu

personal website