- Code LANG6001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Language Studies
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
A study of the issues which arise in the process of translating literary texts. Various genres will be studied, including poetry and drama with their particular problems of cross-language and cross-cultural transfer. Using English as our working language, we shall investigate the linguistic process of translation, and examine and where possible compare renderings into English of well-known works of literature, while trying to establish criteria by which to appraise them. Staff from across ANU, including among them experienced literary translators, contribute to this course, allowing students to work from a wide range of languages. Students will gain the opportunity to apply to the field of translation analytical and research skills at an advanced level.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate skills as a translator of literary material at a high level;
- Evaluate literary texts which have been translated;
- Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the complex linguistic and cultural problems which form part of the process; and
- Apply analytical and research skills at an advanced level.
Two assignments, worth 25% each: substantial literary translations (1000 words) with commentary (1500 words). [LOs, 1, 3, 4];
Critique (1500 words) of an existing literary translation (or translations), worth 25%. [LOs 2, 3, 4]
Five short translations in a variety of literary genres, 5% each, total 25%. [LOs 1, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2-hour lecture x 12 weeks; 1-hour tutorial x 11 weeks, and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
The textbook and additional readings will be specified on Wattle.
Adequate knowledge of one of the languages taught at ANU, or of a language not taught at ANU, with the approval of the Co-ordinator.
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