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Meet the Faculty

Gabriel Asfar


Gabriel V. Asfar

French and Arabic
Division: Languages and Literature
Appointment: 1983

Hall College Center
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PhD, MA, Princeton University
BA, Hamilton College, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional History:

Princeton University
Middlebury College

Research Interests/Professional Service:

Dr. Asfar served as editorial translator for the Arabic segment of Children in War, a documentary by Susan and Alan Raymond broadcast on HBO in January 2000 and published under the same title by TV Books in 2001. He has been a consultant to the Educational Testing Service in the development of a new test of French language proficiency, the TFI (Test de Français International) for the ET S-based Chauncey Group. He is the translator, with Denise Asfar, of Maya Roy’s Musiques cubaines (Paris: Actes Sud, 1998; Princeton, NJ: Wiener Publishing, 2002). He is the translator into French of the script of “Pipelines,” a film by Nurshen Bakir selected for the 27th International Film Festival in Florence, Italy, in October 2005. In December 2006 and January 2007, Dr. Asfar served as consultant in Arabic to filmmaker Errol Morris on a documentary concerning conditions in the Iraqi prison of Abu-Ghraib. In January 2008, with Denise Asfar, he produced a CD titled Soninke and the Kora, based on their translation of a Cameroonian folktale by M. J. Kinkingnehun.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

Dr. Asfar has published articles in French Review, Oeuvres et Critiques, and other journals; he has also written reviews, commentary, and contributions to books on French and Francophone literature, including Images of Arab Women (Three Continents Press, 1979), Critical Bibliography of French Literature (Syracuse University Press, 1980), Literature of Africa and the African Continuum (Three Continents Press, 1984), and Faces of Islam in Sub-Saharan Literature (Heinemann, 1991). He was a contributing writer to the proficiency-based French Test Series, Level I textbook and teacher’s guide, Nouveaux Copains (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1988); and coauthor of the Level II and Level II textbooks and teacher’s guides, Nous, les jeunes (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1990), and Notre Monde (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1991). He is also coauthor of the Performance Assessment components of the Level I and Level II French language series, Bienvenue and A Bord (McGraw-Hill/ Glencoe, 1998).