FRENCH 654 - Studies in 18th Century French Literature
Section: 001 Translating the Enlightenment
Term: WN 2014
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Advanced undergraduates and graduate students across the disciplines are invited to take this course in order gain a unique perspective into the French Enlightenment through developing their skills in translating from French into English.

The object of translation will be the iconic text of the French Enlightenment: the Encyclopédie of Diderot and D’Alembert, published between 1751 and 1772 and containing more than 70,000 articles on virtually all subjects. While contributing to an ongoing crowd-sourced web-based translation project, students will gain an understanding of

  • the French Enlightenment
  • the role of translation in the Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment translation theory
  • The challenges of translating historical texts and the means to address them.

Students will work both individually and collaboratively to produce publishable, annotated translations of articles on a range of subjects written by different authors. The culminating project will be the translation of a cluster of articles that reflect the student’s own interests. All translations will be published on the web at

Course Requirements:

One French course numbered 240 or above or equivalent.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates and graduate students in all fields with reading knowledge of French.

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FRENCH 654 - Studies in 18th Century French Literature
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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