COMPLIT 322 - Translating World Literatures
Section: 001 Translation Workshop
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Why translate? Who translates? What is the task of the translator? Is translation possible? This course consists of a combination of creative exercises in literary translation and critical essays about reading world literatures in translation. Students will consider different histories and theories of translation, and have the opportunity to build on their skills in reading a foreign language by translating a literary text into English. The course begins with reading and writing assignments that compare multiple English versions of specific texts (for example, the story of Babel, tales from the Arabian Nights, selections from classical epic, ancient and modern poems). Students will then interrogate and integrate broad theoretical concepts about translation in a final project where they reflect on their own strategies for translating a text they have chosen. In addition to short weekly essays, each student will translate 8-12 pages of literature from the language of their expertise, prefaced with an accompanying 5-8 page introduction that situates their practice in terms of the history of translation in English.

Prerequisites: completion of the First Year Writing Requirement and basic knowledge of a foreign language.

COMPLIT 322 - Translating World Literatures
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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