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Translation in Theory and Practice

WRCT 210
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 308, ENGL 273
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

This seminar is a workshop devoted to helping students from a range of disciplines and departments hone their practices of translation. Translation is part of a wide range of academic, publishing, and creative activities: humanities and social science scholars read texts in translation, translate while doing field work and archival research, and include translations in their articles and books; translation is an engine of creativity for many writers, bilingual or not. This course will begin by looking at various alternate translations of the same texts, to expand our sense of options and possibilities. The next five weeks of reading will introduce students to some of the main debates, theories, and practices of translation into English.

The second half of the course will focus on students' own translation projects. While you are welcome to pursue a project you already have in mind, most students will be choosing and starting a new project, guided by the discussions and topics in the first half of the course. The scope can be small (a single short story, a chapter of a novel or biography, a few poems or song lyrics), or you can have an eye to a bigger project you want to pursue after the end of the semester (a senior thesis, a short-story submission for publication, a book pitch). Week by week, all students will respond in class and in writing to translations-in-progress. In the last week, we will get to see and respond to everyone's revisions.

Facility in a language other than English is required; perfect fluency is not required.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA WRCT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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