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Spring 2015-2016
* TRA 304 / EAS 304 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Translating East Asia

Martin Kern

Translation is at the core of our engagement with China, Japan, and Korea. From translations of the classics to the grass-root subtitling of Anime movies, from the formation of modern East Asian cultural discourses to cross-cultural references in theater and film, the seminar poses fundamental questions to our encounters with East Asian cultural artifacts, reflecting on what "translation" of "original works" means in a global world where a projected "translation" is often already inscribed within the "original." Open to students with or without knowledge of an East Asian language.

Sample reading list:
Roland Barthes, Empire of Signs
Ernest Fenollosa, The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
John W. De Gruchy, Orienting Arthur Waley
Lydia Liu, Translingual Practice
Akira Kurosawa, Throne of Blood (Film)
David Damrosch, What is World Literature
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week. Final paper (15 pages). Blackboard postings and class presentations.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40998 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Green Hall   0-N-2   Enrolled:12 Limit:25