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Workshop: Introduction to Literary Translation
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Workshop: Introduction to Literary Translation

When: March 4, 2017
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
Room 5210
San Francisco CA 94105
United States
Presenter: Katrina Dodson, PhD

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Maximum number of participants: 18

Registration closes March 1 or sooner if maximum numbers are reached.

Early-bird discount ends February 18

Workshop fees:
Member early-bird rate: $80 through February 18

Non-members early-bird rate: $110 through February 18

After February 18
Member: $110
Non-members: $140

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Introduction to Literary Translation by Katrina Dodson

In this half-day workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of literary translation. We will discuss various approaches, including questions of “faithfulness” to the original text, finding a balance between defamiliarizing and assimilating into the target language, and combining research and creativity to produce a convincing authorial voice. We will also discuss the specifics of process, drawing on case studies from the presenter’s own translations from Brazilian Portuguese. Participants will be asked to bring a draft translation (1-page maximum, any literary genre) as a point of departure for thinking about your own practice. The workshop will conclude with practical information about the publishing side of translation.

About the Presenter

Katrina Dodson is the translator of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector (New Directions, 2015), winner of the 2016 PEN Translation Prize, the Lewis Galantière Prize from the American Translators Association, and a Northern California Book Award for Translation. She is a mentor at the Mills College MFA in Translation Program and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California. She is currently adapting her Lispector translation journals into a book and working on a new translation of the 1928 Brazilian modernist classic Macunaíma: the Hero Without a Character for New Directions.

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ATA Continuing Education Credit: ATA-certified members will earn three Continuing Education points.

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Cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if notice of cancellation is received one week prior to the applicable workshop date. A cancellation fee of $10 is charged for all cancellations.

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