Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Cotter, Sean
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6381 Section 001
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Critical Approaches to Translation

Description of Course:

Has literary studies taken a "translation turn"? Critics such as Susan Bassnett and Emily Apter have observed increased interest in intercultural communication, the definition of "world literature," networks of creation between writers of various languages, and the international transformation of meaning--in short, a new importance for translation. This seminar will explore the major figures, methods, and arguments animating translation studies. This area will ground our thoughts about the contemporary practice of literary criticism.

Required Texts:

our readings will include:
David Damrosch, What Is World Literature?
Emily Apter, Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability
Michael Emmerich, The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

seminar paper
class presentation
attendance and participation in class discussion

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