SPANISH 437 - Introduction to Literature Studies and Criticism
Section: 002 Scenes of Translation in Latin American Literature, Theory, and Film
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Contemporary philosophers and literary critics have begun to rethink the concept of translation in an effort to grasp the complexity of everyday encounters between languages and cultures in a globalized world. These conditions have sparked rich debates that will guide and inform our discussion of Latin American literature, theory, and film. Some foundational issues that we will explore include the translatability or untranslatability of a word or text, the difference between linguistic and cultural translation, the translator’s fidelity to or betrayal of the source-text (traduttore, tradittore), as well as the gendered connotation of this distinction, and the complicated and oftentimes problematic notion of an “original” text that the translation follows in temporal succession. Throughout the course, we will remain acutely aware of the politics of translation while also considering what it might mean to translate politics, to disseminate political ideas and practices beyond their site of production. We will also reflect on how a literary or filmic representation or performance of translation can articulate, oftentimes subtly and between the lines, a theory of language, a theory of writing and reading, and/or a theory of property.

This course counts as literature credit toward the Spanish minor.

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SPANISH 437 - Introduction to Literature Studies and Criticism
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002 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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