Shaden Tageldin

Shaden M. Tageldin


is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. A 2006-2007 fellow of the research program Europe in the Middle East-The Middle East in Europe (EUME), Tageldin earned her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on constructions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century comparative literature in Arabic, English, and French; critical translation theory; and empire and postcolonial studies. Tageldin's first 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. Her most recent publications appear in Comparative Literature Studies, Journal of Arabic Literature, Journal of Historical Sociology, and PMLA, as well as in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz, the Cambridge Companion to the African Novel, and the Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English. Tageldin is at work on a second book, provisionally titled Empire, Empiricism, and the Vernacular Turn: Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature. Crossing European and Ottoman imperial frames, this project debunks Eurocentric histories of comparative literature, arguing that the long-nineteenth-century transcontinental struggle to make language and "life" mutually translatable informed ideologies of comparability that underpin the modern discipline. Tageldin's full profile is available at