The seminar will explore the life and oeuvre of the Syrian short story writer Zakariyya Tamir. Widely considered the father of the modern Syrian short story, Tamir’s works have influenced entire generations of Arab writers and readers. In his seminar, Dr Columbu will address Tamir’s trajectory both thematically and chronologically, and will read passages of his short stories to stimulate a discussion on modernity, gender roles and authoritarianism in contemporary Syrian literature.
Dr Alessandro Columbu
Alessandro Columbu completed his PhD in modern Arabic literature at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, and is currently an Arabic language tutor at the University of Manchester. Originally from Sardinia, he obtained his BA and MA from the University of Bologna. He learnt Arabic in Damascus and Tunis and has studied at the University of Barcelona, SOAS and the French Institute of the Near East of Beirut and Amman. His translation of Zakaria Tamer’s Taksir Rukab, published in October 2015 by Condaghes, was the first book to have ever been translated from Arabic into Sardinian.
19:00 – 21:00
Unit 7, Longsight Business Park, Hamilton Road