Advanced Literary Translation

Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. We will address the challenges of revising, with the goal of arriving at a 25-30 page sample of the author’s work. Weekly readings will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations and also on some translation theory.

Application required.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One manuscript per week submitted. Reading of other students’ submissions in advance of the workshop in which they are to be discussed. Other assigned readings and exercises. 60-80 pages of reading per week.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students apply by submitting a writing sample of 3-4 pages of translations and a paragraph describing their interest in the author(s) included in the sample, noting any previous experience with the genre. Prerequisite: CWR 205 or 206 Introductory Translation or instructor’s permission. Application deadline is November 22, 2016. This course is not open to Graduate Students.

Other information:
Program IV English majors may use 2 creative courses at 300 or 400-level as departmentals. Individual conferences are scheduled at intervals during the semester. There are no exams. This course cannot be audited.




Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 pm


Jhumpa Lahiri