Literary Translation Workshop

Schools of Public Engagement: MFA Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Literary Translation Workshop

Fall 2019

Taught By: Val Vinokur

Section: A

CRN: 3372

Credits: 4

This course introduces students to the art of literary translation and gives them the opportunity to workshop their own projects. It is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, working in any genre, so long as they have advanced reading proficiency in their source language and fluency in the target language (English). We will consider translation as a mode of 1) reading and interpretation; 2) constrained writing; 3) cultural contextualization and cross-pollination; and 4) interrogating the tension between linguistic idiom and literary idiosyncrasy. Throughout, we will ask the difficult question, posed by the Formalists, of what makes a text literary, and then we will think as a group about how can this literariness be represented beyond the text's original language. The goal is to produce a translated work of medium-length (such as a novella, play, long essay, collection of poems or stories), as well as a critical introduction. In the process, students will be encouraged to consider how the experience of translation might influence their own writing. Fulfills the Literature Seminar requirement for NSPE MFA and BA Creative Writing students; the Reading for Writers (RFW) or Secondary Genre requirement for Eugene Lang College Literary Studies majors; and a workshop requirement for the Minor in Literary Translation.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: MFA Writing Program (NWRG)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:25am 9/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019