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If you have an interest in Comparative Criticism and Translation Studies, come along to our friendly discussion group, convened by graduate students and early career academics working on literature and theory across national, linguistic, historical, and disciplinary boundaries. Current conveners are Mariachiara Leteo and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh from the English Faculty. If you'd like to join our mailing list, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please email Mariachiara: email@example.com. We welcome suggestions for texts and topics for discussion. If you have ideas, or you'd like to get involved, please do let us know.
In Hilary Term 2019, our discussion group will examine English translations of texts belonging to literatures which have often been deemed 'minor' (after Deleuze and Guattari) and/or underrepresented in mainstream (Western) academia. Each session will be facilitated by a specialist of the source language who will select and discuss a text in translation – be it poetry or prose – exploring the process of the 'original' text's migration into a new linguistic, cultural and socio-political space. After a brief introduction to the specificities of the selected language, a roundtable discussion will enable us to collectively interrogate, above all: what are the most significant aspects and dynamics that a literary translation can, could or should aim to convey and/or conceal?
The discussion group is open to everyone who is interested in these topics. No knowledge of languages other than English or familiarity with translation studies is required to participate, and there will be no preparatory readings circulated in advance. We will meet on Mondays of even weeks (week 2: 21 January, week 4: 4 March, week 6: 18 February, week 8: 4 March) at 12:45pm-2pm, in Seminar Room 11 in the New Library at St Anne's College, over sandwiches, fruit and coffee.
Michaelmas 2018: English Translations of 'Minor' Literatures
Trinity 2018: Comparative Reading Out of Context
Hilary 2018: Comparative Reading Out of Context
Michaelmas 2017: Comparative Reading Out of Context
Trinity 2017: Reading Out of Context
Hilary 2017: Aesthetic Judgement Out of Context
Michaelmas 2016: Key Issues in the Methodology of Comparative Study
Trinity 2016: Multilingualism
Hilary 2016: Intermediality
Michaelmas 2015: Ambiguity; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Material Culture, Body, and Image
Trinity 2015: Aesthetics Today; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Comparisons between East-Asian Cultures
Past conveners: Karolina Watroba, Modern Languages; Valeria Taddei, Modern Languages; Kate Costello, Oriental Studies; Anita Paz, Ruskin School of Art; Amy Xiaofan Li, Oriental Studies; Kasia Szymanska, Modern Languages; Peter Hill, Oriental Studies; Rosie Lavan, English.