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Fall 2015-2016
* COM 402 / TRA 402 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Radical Poetics, Radical Translation

Karen R. Emmerich

This course invites students to consider not just what poems mean but how they mean¿and how that ¿how¿ complicates, challenges, obscures, enlivens, or collides with the task of translation. We will look at forms of poetry that challenge the limits of the translatable, as well as radical translation methods that expand our notion of what translation is. Examples include poems written in made-up languages; unstable texts; homophonic and visual translation; erasure poetics; and multilingual poems. Exploring the places where poetry and translation meet (or diverge), we will put traditional concepts of originality and derivation to the test.

Sample reading list:
Jen Bervin, Nets
Christian Hawkey, Ventrakl
Susan Howe, Singularities
M. NourbeSe Philips, Zong!
Shangxing Wang, Mad Science in Imperial City
Araki Yasusada, Doubled Flowering

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly 2-page reading responses to assigned materials; approximately 100-150 pages of reading (poetry) per week. Research project resulting in class presentation and final research paper of approximately 15 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23194 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:3 Limit:15