Roger Allen – Keynote Speaker

Arabic and translation: Past and present.

In this presentation I propose to look at Arabic language and culture in the broader context of translation as an inter-cultural activity. I will begin by tracing some of the most significant translation movements in the Arabo-Islamic world in the pre-modern era, but then concentrate on the issues connected with translating modern Arabic fiction into English, both the translation process itself and the multiple issues connected with its reception.