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Translating the Postcolonial in Multilingual Contexts

Judith Misrahi-Barak
Srilata Ravi

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1Jean Anderson is Associate Professor (Reader) in French at Victoria University of Wellington, where she founded the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation in 2007. Her research interests are in late nineteenth-century and contemporary women’s writing, Francophone writing (Tahiti, Mauritius, Belgium), literary translation and crime fiction. She is the co-editor of The Foreign in International Crime Fiction. Transcultural Representations (2012), Écrire les hommes. Personnages masculins et masculinité dans l’œuvre des écrivaines de la Belle Époque (2012) and Serial Crime Fiction: Dying for More (2015). She is currently working on a project on nationalism and literary translation.

2Charlotte Baker is Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. A specialist in contemporary African literature written in French and English, Charlotte is broadly interested in questions of power and marginality. She is the author of Enduring Negativity: Albinism in the Novels of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine (Peter Lang, 2011) and editor of Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image (Peter Lang, 2009). Charlotte is currently working on a book project examining the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship and editing a special issue of Research in African Literatures on ‘Performances of Sovereignty and the African Novel’. Her most recent publications include ‘Necropolitical violence and post-independence Guinean literature’ and ‘Multilingual Literature and Official Bilingualism in Cameroon: Francis Nyamnjoh’s A Nose for Money and Patrice Nganang’s Temps de chien’, both in the International Journal of Francophone Studies.

3Lynn Blin, who before her retirement in 2015, was Associate Professor of Linguistics and Translation Studies at Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3, now teaches translation online for Bowling Green State University. Her research is primarily devoted to the link between grammar and style, but thanks to the years teaching translation and an invitation as Visiting Professor at the University of Rajasthan and the University of Delhi, she has become interested in Standard Englishes and the concept of translating English into English when cultural codes clash.

4Catherine Gilbert is currently a a Teaching Fellow in Comparative Literature and English at King’s College London. Her research interests span postcolonial African literatures and cultures, cultural translation, women’s life-writing, cultural memory and trauma. She completed her PhD in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2013. From a perspective of trauma theory, her thesis engaged with the published testimonies of Rwandan women genocide survivors, seeking to understand how the genocide is remembered both individually and collectively and the challenges Rwandan women face in the on-going process of surviving trauma. She has published articles in the journals Dialogues Francophones and Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies as well as a chapter in the edited volume The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).

5Mai Hussein holds a PhD in French Literature from the Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (University of Alberta, Canada) and an MA in French from Alexandria University in Egypt. She is currently teaching French language and literature courses at U of A and Concordia University of Edmonton. She also teaches Arabic language courses at U of A. Mai Hussein has also served as the Head of French Translation Department of the Egyptian Customs Authority and the official translator of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—Arab Academy for Sciences, Technology and Maritime Studies and the Linguistics and Translation Unit of the University of Alexandria. Mai’s research focuses on the theatre of Arab Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad and the question of witnessing, identity, dis-belonging both in performance and in texts.

6Megan C. MacDonald is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University in Istanbul. Her current research interests include francophone Mediterranean literatures, feminist theory and representation, and Anglophone literatures from South Asia. She is co-editor of the special issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies ‘Le Roman Maghrébin’, published in January 2016. She has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Francophone Studies, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and Francospheres. Her forthcoming monograph is titled Cannibal, Harraga, Musselman: Literary Precarity and the Mediterranean Turn.

7Valérie Magdelaine-Andrianjafitrimo est maître de conférences en littératures françaises et francophones à l’Université de La Réunion, et membre du laboratoire LCF. Rédactrice en chef de la revue NEF — Nouvelles études Francophones depuis 2014. Francophoniste spécialisée dans les littératures de l’Océan Indien, les littératures de la diaspora indienne dans les Caraïbes et l’Océan Indien, les problématiques postcoloniales liées aux questions des dominations et des résistances, aux questions des ‘races, nations, classes’ et genres. A co-organisé plusieurs colloques, publié de nombreux articles, co-dirigé ou dirigé plusieurs ouvrages sur ces champs de questionnements dont, entre autres, deux ouvrages de la série Univers créoles (Contes et romans et Le Champ littéraire réunionnais en questions), plusieurs numéros de revues consacrés à l’Océan Indien et La Réunion (Francofonia, Nouvelles Études Francophones, Lettres Romanes), un ouvrage consacré à l’outre-mer (Paroles d’outre-mer), un ouvrage sur la réécriture d’une figure épique indienne dans l’espace indiaocéanique (Draupadi, tissages et textures), sur l’humour (Pou fé ri la boush/Fé gagn riyé, Rires amers dans les littératures et productions filmiques de Maurice et La Réunion, 2013).

8Anne Malena is a translator and Professor of French and Translation Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta (Canada). She has published two book-length translations, La maraude (The Prowler) and Degré zéro (Zero Hour), both novels by Kristjana Gunnars, as well as articles in various journals on translation studies and Caribbean Literature. Her book, The Negotiated Self: The Dynamics of Identity in Francophone Caribbean Narrative, was published in 1998 with Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. and a recent article, ‘The City That Shouldn’t Be: New Orleans’ appeared in Translation Studies 7.2 (2014). Her current research deals with the history of translation in Louisiana.

9Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor at Paul-Valéry University Montpellier, France, currently teaches English and Postcolonial Literatures. Her Doctorate was on the Writing of Childhood in Caribbean Literature. She has published in the field of Caribbean and Indo-Caribbean literature, and diaspora studies (Atlantic Studies, Commonwealth, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Moving Worlds, The Journal of the Short Story in English, The Journal of Haitian Studies, The Journal of Transnational American Studies...), as well as book chapters in edited collections, including most recently a chapter on Ramabai Espinet in Tracing the New Indian Diaspora (Om Dwivedi, ed. Rodopi, 2014). Her latest edited book is Dalit Literatures in India (co-edited with Joshil K. Abraham, Routledge, 2015).

10She is General Editor of the series PoCoPages (Coll. ‘Horizons anglophones’, Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée).​index.php/​collections/​horizons-anglophones/​pocopages.html.

11She was Co-Investigator on the AHRCResearch Network Series ’Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’ (Principal Investigator Dr Nicole Thiara, Nottingham Trent University, Uk), 2014-16.

12Delphine Munos is an F.R.S.-FNRS postdoctoral researcher in the English Department at the University of Liège (Belgium). She has published in the field of American and postcolonial literatures, diaspora studies, and South Asian studies. Among her recent publications are the monograph After Melancholia: A Reappraisal of Second-Generation Diasporic Subjectivity in the Work of Jhumpa Lahiri (Rodopi, 2013), and ‘Mapping Diasporic Subjectivities’ (2014), a special issue of South Asian Diaspora that she guest-edited with Mala Pandurang. Forthcoming is the guest-editing (with Bénédicte Ledent) of a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, which is entitled Minority Genres in Postcolonial Literatures.

13Yolaine Parisot est agrégée de lettres modernes, maître de conférences-HDR en littératures francophones et comparées à l’Université Rennes 2 et membre du CELLAM—EA 3206. Ses recherches portent sur la littérature haïtienne et sur les relations entre fiction, violences symboliques et histoire immédiate dans les littératures postcoloniales de la Caraïbe, de l’Afrique subsaharienne et de l’océan Indien. Outre de nombreux articles, elle a publié les ouvrages collectifs Caraïbe, océan Indien: questions d’histoire, Itinéraires, no 2, 2009 (avec V. Bonnet et G. Bridet), Genre et migrations postcoloniales: lectures croisées de la norme, Rennes, PUR, 2013 (avec N. Ouabdelmoumen), Pour un récit transnational. La fiction au défi de l’histoire immédiate, Rennes, PUR, 2015 (avec C. Pluvinet) et ‘Dany Laferrière: mythologies de l’écrivain, énergie du roman’, Interculturel Francophonies, no 30, nov.-déc. 2016. Son essai, Regards littéraires haïtiens. Cristallisation de la fiction-monde paraîtra en 2017 aux éditions Classiques Garnier. Elle est l’actuelle présidente du Conseil international d’études francophones.

14Srilata Ravi is Professor of French at the University of Alberta and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests are in Comparative literary and cultural studies; Francophone postcolonial studies and Indian Ocean studies. Srilata Ravi is the author of Sports, modernité et réseaux impériaux. Nap Lajoie et Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji: baseball et cricket au tournant du xxe siècle (with Claude Couture, 2017); Autour de l’œuvre de Gérard Bouchard. Histoire sociale, sociologie historique, imaginaires collectifs et politiques publiques (2015 co-edited with Claude Couture); Rethinking Global Mauritius: Critical Essays on Mauritian Literatures and Cultures (2013); Rainbow Colors-Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius (2007); Écritures mauriciennes au féminin: penser l’altérité (2011, co-edited with Véronique Bragard); Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia (2004 co-edited with Mario Rutten and Beng Lan Goh).

15Jan Steyn is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Cornell University, a literary translator, and a critic who works on modern and contemporary texts written in Afrikaans, Dutch, English and French. His literary translations include Newspaper, Works, and Suicide by Édouard Levé; Orphans by Hadrien Laroche; and Alix’s Journal by Alix Cléo-Roubaud. His reviews and interviews have appeared in The Quarterly Conversation, The White Review, and Music & Literature. He is currently at work on a book about versions of contemporaneity enabled by literary appropriations of non-fictional forms in recent world literature, tentatively entitled, Timely Classics and Timeless Reports: Literary Approaches to the Global Contemporary.

16Tobias Warner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Davis. He is currently completing a manuscript on the politics of language in Senegalese literature and film, from the colonial period to the neoliberal era. Drawing on archival research as well as an analysis of works in Wolof and French, the book shows how a debate about language produced the terms of a modern literary tradition. Since receiving his PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley in 2012, Warner’s research has been supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the Hellman Family Fund. His work has appeared in both PMLA and Research in African Literatures.

17Julia Waters is Associate Professor in Modern French and Francophone Literature at the University of Reading, Great Britain, where she is also Head of the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies. Waters has particular research interests in Marguerite Duras, contemporary Mauritian and Indian Ocean literature, and postcolonial thought. In addition to numerous articles, Waters is author of Duras and Indochina: Postcolonial Perspectives (2006); Intersexual Rivalry: a ‘Reading Pairs of Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet (2000); is co-editor (with Adalgisa Giorgio) of Women’s Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy (2007); and editor of the on-line collection, ‘L’ici et l’ailleurs’: Postcolonial Literatures of the Francophone Indian Ocean (2008). She is currently completing a monograph entitled, The Contemporary Mauritian Novel: Fictions of Belonging (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2017).

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