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 intervenes.

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, [log in to unmask].

The submission deadline is September 15, 2008.
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