Radwa Ashour

Biography:


Radwa Ashour ( رضوى عاشور) is an Egyptian writer and scholar born in Cairo, Egypt in 1946. She graduated from The Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (1967) and has an MA in Comparative Literature from Cairo University (1972) and a PhD in African American Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1975).


Ashour has published 7 novels, an autobiographical work, 2 collections of short stories and 5 criticism books. Part I of her Granada Trilogy won the Cairo International Book Fair “1994 Book of the Year Award”; the Trilogy won the First Prize of the First Arab Woman Book Fair (Cairo, Nov. 1995). The Granada Trilogy was translated into Spanish (Editiones del Oriente y del Mediterraneo); part I of the Trilogy was translated into English (Syracuse University Press and AUC Press, Cairo). Siraaj, An Arab Tale was published in English translation (The University of Texas Press), and Atyaaf was published in Italian (Ilisso Edizioni). Her short stories have been translated into English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.


Ashour has co-edited a major 4-volume work on Arab women writers (2004); The English translation: Arab Women Writings: A Critical Reference Guide: 1873-1999 (AUC Press 2008) is an abridged edition of the Arabic original.


As a translator Ashour has co-translated, supervised and edited the Arabic translation of Vol. 9 of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism (2005). She has also translated Mourid Barghouti’s Midnight and Other Poems (Arc Publications, 2008).


In 2007 Ashour was awarded the 2007 Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature.


Ashour is currently professor of English and Comparative Literature, Ain Shams University, Cairo.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


Publications: (Arabic)

Fiction:

  • al-Rihla: ayyam taliba ft Amrika (The Journey: A Student's Days in America, memoir). Beirut: Dar al-Adab, 1983.
  • Hajar daft' (A Warm Stone, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Mustaqbal, 1985.
  • Khadija wa Sawsan (Khadija and Sawsan, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, 1989.
  • Ra'ayt al-nakhl (I Saw the Date Palms, short stories). Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1989.
  • Siraj (Lamp, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, 1992.  
  • Gharnata (Granada: A Novel, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, 1994.
  • Maryama wa-I-rahil (Maryama and the Departure, parts 2 and 3 of The Granada Trilogy, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Hilal,1995 .
  • Atyaf (Specters, novel). Cairo: al-Hilal Novels, 1999.
  • فرج
  • تقارير السيدة راء (نصوص قصصية)، دار الشروق، القاهرة، 2001
  • قطعة من أوروبا (رواية)، المركز الثقافي العربي، بيروت والدار البيضاء ودار الشروق، القاهرة، 2003
  • الطنطورية (رواية)، دار الشروق، القاهرة، 2010

Non-Fiction:

  • البحث عن نظرية للأدب: دراسة للكتابات النقدية الأفرو-أمريكية (بالإنجليزية):
  • The Search for a Black Poetics: A Study of Afro-American Critical Writings رسالة دكتوراه قدّمت لجامعة ماساشوستس بأمهرست في الولايات المتحدة، 1975
  • الطريق إلى الخيمة الأخرى: دراسة في أعمال غسان كنفانى، دار الآداب، بيروت، 1977
  • جبران وبليك Gibran and Blake (باللغة الإنجليزية)، الشعبة القومية لليونسكو، القاهرة، 1978 (أصلا رسالة ماجستير قدمت إلى جامعة القاهرة عام 1972)
  • التابع ينهض: الرواية في غرب إفريقيا، دار ابن رشد، بيروت، 1980
  • في النقد التطبيقي: صيادو الذاكرة، المركز الثقافي العربي، بيروت والدار البيضاء، 2001

(Translated from Arabic into English):

  • Granada
  • Siraaj
  • Specters
  • Arab Women Writers

Translation:

  • Midnight and Other Poems (Arc Translation Series)

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(All above are links to the writer's oficial website, which is currently offline)

Website:

http://www.radwaashour.net (the site is currently offline)

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