Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Dufour, Frank
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6390 Section 05A
WF Time 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Course Title
Translation in the Digital Age

Description of Course:

Instructors: Prof. Rainer Schulte & Frank Dufour
The seminar will meet at the Dallas Museum of Art.

This interdisciplinary seminar is offered within the ATEC and Humanities programs and is designed for students in both curricula. The instructors would like to underline the experimental nature of this seminar and they hope that students will take a risk to explore new territories in the area of the digital arts. These explorations will result in interactive multimedia projects, produced in a collaborative environment.

The instructors encourage students who come from a great variety of backgrounds to participate in the seminar: language, visual artists, creative writers, performance, music, arts and technology, and other emerging media.

This course should be considered a combination of a scholarly seminar together with an experimental workshop to explore the paradigm of translation in the digital age.

The most salient characteristic underlying the activity of translation is a never-ending process of establishing associations between verbal, visual, and musical texts and also between cultures and languages. This process will be used as a framework to conceptualize the creative process governing the generation of digital hypermedia documents.

The conceptual insights gained from the scholarly investigations on literature, music and fine arts will then be exemplified and creatively questioned in the form of a workshop through specific application in the verbal, visual musical and digital arts. As a result, students will acquire the necessary theoretical background in current scholarship related to digital thinking and creative works.

French poetry of the late 19th century and early 20th century and its translation will be used as a central reference to illustrate the multisensory dimensions of text and the hypermedia extension of its interpretations. Special attention will be given to texts inspired by music and images as well as texts having inspired music and images.
Gaston Bachelard’s analysis of phenomenological dimensions of poetry will be used as well as Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutics and Roland Barthes’ structural analysis.

Required Texts:

All contents and related materials will be made available through the seminar’s website at the beginning of the class.

The following texts will serve as a primary source of literary examples:
Baudelaire, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal (Correspondances, Une Charogne...)
Mallarmé, Stéphane. L’Après-midi d’un Faune.
Rimbaud, Charles. Voyelles.
Apollinaire Guillaume. Calligrammes.
Verlaine, Paul. Clair de Lune and other poems used by Claude Debussy.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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