COMPLIT 490 - Comparative Cultural Studies
Section: 002 Translating Human Rights
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
3
Other:
Theme
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This is a literature seminar focusing on reading personal experiences of systemic discrimination in translation. To begin, we will investigate how key concepts such as “literature,” “human rights” and “translation” differ across languages and cultures. Then we will spend the majority of the term exploring the dilemmas translators face when asked to interpret tales of suffering in local languages and represent them in the general, even universal terms English speakers will readily apprehend.

The reading list will include works from a range of languages, time periods, and perspectives such as Svetlana Broz’s Good People in an Evil Time: Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War, I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan: A Dalit’s Life, and Translating Slavery: Gender and Race in French Abolitionist Writing 1780-1830.

Ellen Elias-Bursać, the translator of Good People in an Evil Time will spend a week with the class talking about her experiences in the translation unit of the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague and its relationship to her career in literary translation.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to post a weekly blog about the readings and to present their reactions to a recommended reading once in the semester. For their final project, students will contribute to a class website that will offer critical commentary on contemporary literary nonfiction in translation highlighting issues of human rights published in the online literary journal Words without Borders.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

seminar

COMPLIT 490 - Comparative Cultural Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27196
Open
9
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
28351
Open
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
28803
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Note:
With the exception of Valmiki's _Joothan_, you will be responsible for reading only portions of each of these books. Paperback editions should be available for all.
ISBN: 0231129726
Joothan An Untouchable's Life., Publisher: Columbia University Press une
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1606350080
Translating slavery 1, gender and race in French women's writng, 1780-1830, Publisher: Kent State University Press 2009
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1606350080
Ourika and its progeny, Publisher: Kent State Univ. Press 2010
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781590510612
Good people in an evil time : portraits of complicity and resistance in the Bosnian War, Author: Broz, Svetlana., Publisher: Other Press 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780860917885
I, Rigoberta Menchu? : an Indian woman in Guatemala., Author: Menchu?, Rigoberta., Publisher: Verso 1993
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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