The group is intended as a meeting point for all scholars interested in literary translation.
Review of Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda, Charand-o Parand. Revolutionary Satire from Iran, 1907–1909, Translated by Janet Afary and John R. Perry, in Iranian Studies
The poetry of Teimuraz I’s marks a turning point in Georgian literary history. From 1629–34, the poet-king of Kartli and Kaxetia (eastern Georgia) undertook to produce a Georgian equivalent to Niẓāmī Ganjevī’s famed quintet (khamsa) that stands as one of the major achievements of classical Persian literature. While Teimuraz I imitated the form…[Read more]
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “The Poetics from Athens to al-Andalus: Ibn Rushd’s Grounds for Comparison,” Modern Philology 112 (2014): 1-24. in the group Literary Translation on Humanities Commons 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics by the Andalusian philosopher Ibn Rushd (d. 1198) has been treated by commentators as wide-ranging as Borges, Renan, and Kilito as an exemplary case of the failure of translation. Critics who presume Ibn Rushd’s failure often concentrate on his rendering of Aristotle’s tragedy and comedy by praise…[Read more]
Hi all. I’m looking for a writing buddy to help keep focused and productive with my research agenda this summer. Is anyone else interested in a writing buddy? If there is interest, maybe we can have an online writing group?
My idea is to have weekly check-ins to identify goals, then return at the end of the week to review goals, achievements,…[Read more]
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “Inimitability versus Translatability: The Structure of Literary Meaning in Arabo-Persian Poetics,” The Translator 19(1): 81-104. in the group Literary Translation on Humanities Commons 10 months ago
Building on the multivalent meanings of the Arabo- Persian tarjama (‘to interpret’, ‘to translate’, ‘to narrate’), this essay argues for the relevance of Qur’ānic inimitability (i’jāz) to contemporary translation theory. I examine how the translation of Arabic rhetorical theory (‘ilm al-balāgha) into Persian inaugurated new trends within the study…[Read more]
Featuring work by: Will Alexander, Alexis Almeida, Maria Attanasio, Gennady Aygi, Omar Berrada, Carla Billitteri, Tanella Boni, Amal Dunqul, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Norman Fischer, Peter France, Todd Fredson, María José Giménez, Yāqūt Al-Ḥamawī, Ouyang Jianghe, Hajiwara Kyojiro, John High, Roberta Iannamico, Lucas Klein, David Larsen, Brian Lucas,…[Read more]
Aboriginal Song Poems (compiled by Robert Wood) André Breton (translated by Mark Polizzotti) René Char (translated by Stuart Kendall) Sergio Chejfec (translated by Margaret Carson) James Clifford Joseph Donahue Gyrðir Elíasson (translated by Meg Matich) Clayton Eshleman (interviewed by Irakli Qolbaia) Nazim Hikmet (translated by Murat Nem…[Read more]
Featuring work by: Eugénio de Andrade, Anonymous, A. James Arnold, Rito Ramón Aroche, Dawn-Michelle Baude, Susan Bernofsky, Aloysius Bertrand, Paul Blackburn, Daniel Borzutzky, André Breton, Garrett Caples, Valerie Mejer Caso, RosalÍa de Castro, Paul Celan, Aimé Césaire, René Char, Beatritz de Dia, Kristin Dykstra, Paul Éluard, Clayton Eshlema…[Read more]
Work by: Etel Adnan – Demosthenes Agrafiotis – Will Alexander – Rachel Tzvia Back – Dan Bellm – Aleksandr Blok – Pura López Colomé – Colin Dayan – René Depestre – Rachel Blau DuPlessis – Marcella Durand – Sarah Tuss Efrik – Elke Erb – Peter France – Johannes Göransson – David Hadbawnik – Larry Kearney – Alexis Levitin – Brian Lucas – Michèle Méta…[Read more]
This essay examines how translation theory can globalize contemporary literary comparison. Whereas Persian studies has historically been isolated from the latest developments within literary theory, world literature has similarly been isolated from the latest developments within the study of non-European literatures. The methodology of hard…[Read more]
Text of a talk I gave on March 1 at the Translation Symposium held in conjunction with the awards ceremony of the 3rd International JLPP International Translation Competition at Gakushi Kaikan, Tokyo.
Discussion of Yoel Hoffmann’s book “Japanese Death Poems”
The chapter deals with Peter Weiss’s translation of a short story by Swedish author Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) and intertextual dynamics in Peter Weiss’s early prose work.
The article proposes a new multimodal approach to literary multilingualism, with special attention devoted to how readers with different language skills partake in making literary multilingualism happen. It presents a critical assessment of previous scholarship on literary multilingualism, which we claim is characterized by monolingual assumptions…[Read more]
Marietta Shaginian’s Soviet production novel, Hydrocentral (Gidrotsentral’), represents a case of canonical limbo. Without exception, the novel is listed as a Soviet literary classic in reference works and compendia of Russian literature since the time of its publication in 1931 up to the present day, and yet is not considered an official exe…[Read more]
Krzysztof Fordonski deposited Neo-Latin Poetry in 18th Century Scotland – John Pinkerton Translates Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski in the group Literary Translation on Humanities Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
A brief account of a translation experiment of the Scottish poet, historian, and fraud John Pinkerton presented in the context of the reception of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski and his poetry in 18th century Scotland.
The paper discusses English translators of the poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski of the early Victorian period. The paper traces Sarbiewski’s transitions within English literary canon and aims at reconstructing the change in attitudes towards the translation process, quality, and assessment.
The essays I am posting on Humanities Commons are also on Librarything and Goodreads. These aren’t reviews. They are thoughts about the state of literary fiction, intended principally for writers and critics involved in seeing where literature might be able to go. Each one uses a book as an example of some current problem in writing.
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