From the Levant to the Thames and Beyond

16 January 2020. From 18:30  | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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Lebanese writer Hanan al Shaykh talks about her work that links to ancient Arab literary traditions when it comes to openly and boldly addressing sexuality and feminism. Al Shaykh explains how her personal journey between cultures and languages influences her work and helps to create new ways of approaching modernity, cultural diversity, literary genres and the Arabic language. The writer left Beirut in 1975 with the outbreak of the civil war and has lived in London since 1982. Her works, with large doses of realism and social criticism, denounce the sexual oppression of women, as well as the religious taboos and politics. She is the author of El suicidio de un hombre muerto (1970), Historia de Zahra (1980) and Barriendo el sol de los tejados (1994), all in Spanish at Ediciones del Bronce. Her latest novel is The occasional virgin(Bloomsbury, 2018) and she had previously written One Thousand and One Nights: A New Re-Imagining (2011), a retelling of the classic from ancient Arabic manuscripts to return its original character.

Lebanese writer Hanan al Shaykh talks about her work that links to ancient Arab literary traditions when it comes to openly and boldly addressing sexuality and feminism. Al Shaykh explains how her personal journey between cultures and languages influences her work and helps to create new ways of approaching modernity, cultural diversity, literary genres and the Arabic language. The writer left Beirut in 1975 with the outbreak of the civil war and has lived in London since 1982. Her works, with large doses of realism and social criticism, denounce the sexual oppression of women, as well as the religious taboos and politics. She is the author of El suicidio de un hombre muerto (1970), Historia de Zahra (1980) and Barriendo el sol de los tejados (1994), all in Spanish at Ediciones del Bronce. Her latest novel is The occasional virgin(Bloomsbury, 2018) and she had previously written One Thousand and One Nights: A New Re-Imagining (2011), a retelling of the classic from ancient Arabic manuscripts to return its original character.

Speakers


Moderator

Anna Gil-Bardají

Director of a Master’s Degree UAB
Hanan al Shaykh
Speaker

Hanan al Shaykh

Writer

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