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Shaden M. Tageldin is associate professor of cultural studies and comparative literature in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and director of the African Studies Initiative, a Title VI African Studies National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, at the University of Minnesota. From 2013–2015, she was director of graduate studies for the doctoral programs in Comparative Literature and in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society as well as the interdepartmental graduate minor in Moving Image Studies. Tageldin is a recipient of the 2013–2014 Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Tageldin earned her PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Disarming Words: Empire and the Seductions of Translation in Egypt (University of California Press, 2011), was awarded the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), and her essay “Secularizing Islam: Carlyle, al-Siba‘i, and the Translations of ‘Religion’ in British Egypt,” PMLA 126.1 (2011), the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize. Tageldin’s latest publications include “Fénelon’s Gods, al-Tahtawi’s Jinn: Trans-Mediterranean Fictionalities,” in Philological Encounters 2.1–2 (2017; appeared online 2016); “The Novel in Translation and Transition,” in Volume 11 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean since 1950, ed. Simon Gikandi (Oxford UP, 2016); and “(Post)Colonial Translation,” in Teaching Translation: Programs, Courses, Pedagogies, ed. Lawrence Venuti (Routledge, 2016).  Forthcoming are her essay “Beyond Latinity, Can the Vernacular Speak?”, in Comparative Literature 70.2 (2018), and translations of the work of Hasan al-‘Attar and ‘Ali Mubarak, in the Modern Language Association (MLA) volume The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda, ed. Tarek El-Ariss (2018). Other recent essays include “The Place of Africa, in Theory: Pan-Africanism, Postcolonialism, Beyond,” in the Journal of Historical Sociology (2014); “Untranslatability,” in the ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline 2014–2015 (2014); “The Incestuous (Post)Colonial: Soueif’s Map of Love and the Second Birth of the Egyptian Novel in English,” in The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2013); “Proxidistant Reading: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of the Nahḍah in U.S. Comparative Literary Studies,” in the Journal of Arabic Literature (2012); “Mahfouz’s Posts,” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz (MLA, 2012); “The Returns of Theory,” in the International Journal of Middle East Studies (2011); and “One Comparative Literature? ‘Birth’ of a Discipline in French-Egyptian Translation, 1810–1834,” in Comparative Literature Studies (2010).

Tageldin currently is working on a second book, provisionally titled Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature. In 2016–2017, she held a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; in 2019, she will hold a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.  Among other awards, she received the ACLA’s 2005 Charles Bernheimer Prize for best dissertation in comparative literature and has held past fellowships and grants from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program; the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tageldin is a member of the Zukunftsphilologie Collegium, sponsored by the Berlin-based research program Forum Transregionale Studium, as well as of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Arabic Literature and Philological Encounters. In 2017, she was vice chair of the Association of African Studies Programs. In the MLA, she has served as chair of the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee (2017–Jan. 2018), co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (2013–2015), chair of the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Arabic Literature and Culture (2008–Jan. 2009, now LLC Arabic Forum), secretary of the executive committee of the CLCS Global Arab and Arab American Forum (2017–Jan. 2018), and divisional delegate to the Delegate Assembly (2012–2015).



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