COMPLIT 322 - Translating World Literatures
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Translating World Literature: a workshop in English
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides an opportunity for you to build on your skills in reading a foreign language by translating literary texts into English, and in the process integrating broad theoretical concepts about translation into the textual practice of translating. The readings and writing assignments work together to introduce you to the history and theory of the practice of translation, extending a language-based approach to translation into a literary framework that emphasizes the process of reading and re-writing texts. While you are expected to write critical responses to these literary texts, periodically you will also be asked to engage with the readings through short creative exercises focusing on key issues in translation studies. All types of assignments demand a regular commitment to drafting, editing and revising. The critical and creative writing assignments are designed to build on one another, enabling students to become more attentive readers, to produce increasingly articulate responses to the translated texts, which in turn inform your own translation strategies. These posts will form the basis for the midterm paper reflecting on your views of translation, and will help you as you formulate your approach. For the final project, students will be expected to translate 8-12 pages of literature of their choosing from the language of their expertise, prefaced with an accompanying 5-8 page introduction that situates your practice in terms of the history of translation in English.


COMPLIT 322 - Translating World Literatures
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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