Lost (and found) in Translation
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
(NeMLA) Feb. 26-March 1, 2009 Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
As translation studies and translation theory has emerged as a discipline,
scholars such as Gideon Toury, Lawrence Venuti, André Lefevere, Itamar Even-
Zohar, Susan Bassnett, Edwin Gentzler and Maria Tymoczko have challenged our
assumptions about translation and deepened our understanding of the process.
Translation is not merely a mechanical rendering of linguistic meaning, but a
complex and dynamic process involving the transmission of linguistic, literary
and cultural meaning. Translation theorists and practitioners have offered many
metaphors for translation: rewriting, violence, close reading, cannibalism,
adaptation or manipulation of a text. They have encouraged us to view the
translator as a dynamic force, as a creative influence, as an author, as one who
This panel seeks to explore issues of translation in a German studies context,
whether it be the Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka that are regularly
read in college English classes, issues of translating medieval texts into
modern German, or the dozens of 19th century translations of James Fenimore
Cooper into German that inspired a generation of authors such as Charles
Seaslfield, Friedrich Gerstäcker and Karl May.
This panel hopes to explore diverse aspects of translation studies, including
but not limited to translation as a means of transmitting cultural information,
the strategies of domestication and foreignization, studies in reception,
reputation and survival, translation in the two Germanies, the politics and
ideology behind translation and translation choices, ethics and translation, and
the intersections between translation and race, class and/or gender.
In exploring these and other issues of translation, it will be shown that, while
much is lost in translation, much can be found as well.
Papers are welcome regarding translation either into or out of German or a
closely related language in any time period. Please send one-page abstracts to
Maureen Gallagher, University of Massachusetts Amherst,
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The submission deadline is September 15, 2008.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html