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What Does It Take to Translate the Intangible?

December 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Much of what translators work on doesn’t involve “meaning” in the dictionary sense. How do practitioners handle intangibles like rhyme, alliteration and assonance, naturalness, concision, and other elements of both poetic and prose texts? The lyrical force and emotional impact of many texts require acrobatic feats to successfully exist in multiple languages. Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Alta L. Price will explore approaches to prioritizing what’s most important when honing the vision for your translation.

The Literary Translation Clinics are held monthly and hosted by members of the translator collective, Cedilla & Co. Each one-hour clinic will feature a presentation or conversation followed by a Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions from their own practice.


Center for Fiction