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Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

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Page Range

pp. 208–243


  • English

Print Length

36 pages

3. Jane Eyre’s Prismatic Bodies in Arabic

  • Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (author)
This essay explores the body in translation in Arabic versions of Jane Eyre. In doing so, it focuses on three interpretations of the body: first, viewing Jane Eyre itself as a corpus which engenders more corpuses through translation across languages and genres; secondly, tracing the multiple Arabic renderings of the body’s name, ‘Jane Eyre’, in the context of naming and titling; and finally, through a focus on one material aspect of the body in the novel: touching.


Yousif M. Qasmiyeh


Yousif M. Qasmiyeh is a poet and translator whose DPhil research at the University of Oxford’s English Faculty explores containment and time in ‘refugee writing’ in English and Arabic. His collection, Writing the Camp (2021), was the Poetry Book Society’s recommendation for spring 2021; was highly commended by the 2021 Forward Prizes for Poetry; and was shortlisted for the 2022 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. His second collection, Eating the Archive, was published in 2023. His work has appeared in journals and magazines including Modern Poetry in Translation, Stand, Critical Quarterly, GeoHumanities, Cambridge Literary Review, New England Review, Poetry London and PN Review. He is Creative Encounters Editor of the Migration and Society journal, Writer-in-Residence of the Refugee Hosts research project, and Joint Lead of the Imagining Futures Baddawi Camp Lab.