GERM 208
Translation in Practice Spring 2024
Division I
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When we’re learning a new language, we’re constantly told not to translate–“Don’t write in English and then translate into German!” “Don’t translate in your head, think in your own German!” The goal is to immerse yourself as deeply as possible in the target language so that you can engage with it idiomatically. Translation is a different kind of operation than language learning, but it presents its own challenges and joys in working with the language. In this course we will read literary and theoretical texts that engage with translation as a phenomenon, we will compare English translations of German and Austrian literature, and we will talk with some professional literary translators about their process. In addition, students will prepare their own translations of German into English and/or their native languages. Readings and discussion in German.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 6
Class#: 3820
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In addition to consistent and active class participation, students will write two 3-5-page analytic papers and prepare an 8-10-page translation as a final project. Students will be expected to correct the language errors in their analytic papers, and the translation projects will be workshopped in tutorial format. Evaluation will be holistic, taking into account initiative and effort as well as the results of the work.
Prerequisites: GERM 201-206 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: German students
Distributions: Division I

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