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Fall 2016-2017
* TRA 200 / COM 209 / HUM 209 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication

Karen R. Emmerich

What is translation? What is a language? So essential and widespread is translation today that it has become a central analytic term for the contact of cultures, and a paradigm for studying many different aspects of our multilingual world. This course will consider translation as it appeared in the past, but especially as it constructs everyday life in the contemporary world. It will look at issues of anthropology, artificial intelligence, diplomacy, film, law and literature that involve interlingual and intercultural communication. Students should acquire an understanding of the problems and practices of modern translation.

Sample reading list:
Friedrich Schleiermacher, On the Different Methods of Translation
Roman Jakobson, Linguistic Aspects of Translation
Eugene Nida, Principles of Translation as Exemplified by Bible Translatio
Antoine Berman, Translation and the Trials of the Foreign
Lori Chamgerlain, Gender and the Metaphorics of Translation
Maria Tymoczko, Reconceptualizing Western Translation Theory:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading in English 50-70 pages per week. Take-home mid-term 5-7 pages. No final exam. Final paper 15 pages. Weekly reading responses posted to Blackboard.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Open to all students interested in the topic. Required course for Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20693 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:11 Limit:20
20694 P01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm Th   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:11 Limit:20
20695 P02 11:00 am - 12:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled