COMPLIT 720 - Seminar in Translation
Section: 001 Translation as Genre
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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For as long as there has been theoretical discourse on translation, it has been grounded in suspicion--of source texts, methods, translators, and most notably of the very possibility of translating anything at all. Such suspicion leads us, however, to a contradiction that theory has failed to address adequately: how can a phenomenon that is ubiquitous, that does in fact permeate modern life in ways both obvious and invisible, also be "impossible"? This seminar examines expressions of skepticism or confusion about translation from the ancient world to the present to diagnose the root causes of this distrust. Then, using colorful examples of translation in its worldly context, as well theories of translation and genre that more effectively model actual phenomena, we will reconsider what translation is, how it is used, and how translation itself begs to be encountered. Reading knowledge of at least one other language is desirable, but not required. Seminar participants will produce an article-length paper or a literary translation with a critical introduction.

COMPLIT 720 - Seminar in Translation
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001 (SEM)
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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