Words Without Borders: Translation in Times of Crisis (LIT2521.01)

Marguerite Feitlowitz

The assignments in this course are connected to the Mellon-sponsored international conference taking place on campus Nov. 4-5, and focused on linguistic rights and freedom, and on translation in times of crisis and conflict. We will host literary translators who have helped protect, even liberate, poets and novelists persecuted by their governments. Translators of “small,” endangered and/or forcibly marginalized languages and literary traditions will also be major participants. We will also have presentations on recording, saving, revitalizing languages on the verge of extinction. We will also delve into questions of language justice in schools, jails, border crossings, asylum hearings and health care facilities. The conference will include readings, performance, and exhibitions. If you take this course, you’ll be part of the conference team.

Learning Outcomes:
* You will gain familiarity with a wide spectrum of translation concerns and activities--from the literary to the humanitarian.
* You will be part of an international conference team, helping with planning and logistics and helping to host distinguished visitors;
* You will do guided research and a make a collaborative class presentation;
* You will have the opportunity to get personally involved in literary, community, activist translation.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , CSL , Fully In-Person , Literature , SCT