Radwa Ashour


Radwa Ashour is an Egyptian writer and scholar born in 1946 in Cairo, Egypt. She received a B.A. from The Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (1967), a M.A. 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 seven novels, an autobiographical work, two collections of short stories and four books of literary criticism. Part I of her Granada Trilogy won the Cairo International Book Fair 1994 Book of the Year Award; the Trilogy won First Prize at the 1st Arab Woman's Book Fair (Cairo, 1995). The Granada Trilogy was translated into Spanish, and Part I of the Trilogy was translated into English. Ashour's Siraaj, An Arab Tale was translated into English; Atyaaf was translated into Italian. Her short stories have been translated into English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Ashour has co-edited a major four-volume work on Arab women writers (2005); the English translation of this work, Arab Women Writings: A Critical Reference Guide: 1873-1999 (American University of Cairo Press 2008) is an abridged edition of the Arabic original.  As a translator Ashour has co-translated, supervised and edited the translation into Arabic of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol. 9 (2006). She has also translated Mourid Barghouti's Midnight and Other Poems (Arc Publications, 2008). Ashour was awarded the 2007 Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature. Ashour currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Ain Shams University in Cairo.
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