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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

ASCL 60.92 Theory and Practice of Translation

Every time we interpret a facial expression, cloud-filled sky, data set, blood test result, or sequence of musical notes, we are, in a sense, “translating.” This course seeks to make us more aware of that process through an engagement with the theory and practice of translation as it has been practiced between English and Japanese, two utterly unrelated languages. We’ll look at Japanese and English textbook translations, manga and young adult “translations” of classics like the Tale of Genji, Murakami Haruki’s translation of Salinger and Rubin’s translations of Murakami. We’ll try our hand at translating poetry, jokes, songs, puns, prose and more, polishing our own translating skills while experimenting with different conceptual approaches and “workshopping” our attempts. Prerequisite: JAPN 31 or equivalent.



Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:NW

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.