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Friday, October 30 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
French Prose Translation Workshop

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A passage in French provided by the moderator will be translated into English by three panelists. They will send their translations a month ahead of time to each other and to the moderator. Panelists will prepare their discussions of (1) the merits of their own choices and (2) their critiques of the other choices. At the workshop, print copies or projections of each translation will be provided to audience members and each panelist will discuss the other two (30 min). They will then enunciate their philosophies, their goals, their strategies, their opinions about what makes a translation good, and whatever else they wish to contribute, including specific responses to critiques, in a five-minute summary or “rebuttal” (15 min). Discussion will then be open to the floor (30 min).The French passage is a 1585-word extract from Philippe Forest’s 2013 novel, Le Chat de Schrödinger, published by Gallimard, part of chapter 9. It will be made available in advance to any attendee who requests it (armine@illinois.edu).
The purpose of this workshop is to bring out the processes we employ when we translate, as inevitable differences in the choice of words, syntax, etc., will occur and prompt lively discussions to explain them. The problem areas in the text will make each translator reflect on the kinds of mental processes used to arrive at solutions; the sharing and comparing of those reflections will enhance each translator’s experience, including those who participate from the audience.

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Jeff Diteman

Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Literature in French, Spanish, German; Translation theory; Critical theory; Linguistics; Ancient languages and civilizations, Proto-Indo-European, Zoroastrianism; Caravaggio, Schiele, Escher; Zeuhl, math rock, Shostakovich; Foucault, Judith Butler; Queneau & Oulipo

Friday October 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:15pm MST
Canyon B

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