IPP Workshop Series
Jan 16, 2019
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||Elizabeth Kovach|
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Transcultural: On the Use of Translation in Comparative Literature
In recent years, scholars from various fields, including literary and cultural studies, have increasingly been making use of the concept of translation to describe 'hybrid' and transnational/transcultural social phenomena. By putting the focus on mediation, movement and exchanges, it avoids some of the pitfalls of the concept of hybridity: On the one hand, it allows for contextualization, while, on the other hand, it departs from potentially essentializing and deterministic understandings of culture and identity.
The first part of the workshop will offer a brief overview of the evolution of the concept in cultural and literary studies. This will be followed by an introduction to the recent applications of translation as a concept in the field of comparative literature. Finally, theory will give way to practice, as small teams will analyze a corpus of selected text excerpts with the help of the newly acquired conceptual tools, before discussing their results with the whole group.