RLFR 218
Translating French: An Introduction to Theory and Practice Spring 2023
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 209
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What decisions do translators make in order to render texts accurately (and even beautifully) into another language? What makes one translation “better” than another? Should we consider translation as a literary genre in its own right, and should we read translated texts differently from texts in their original language? This advanced course will invite you into the world of translation studies, bringing together aspects of translation theory and technical translation methodologies in order to develop your skills as translators, readers, and speakers of French. We will translate texts from a range of genres mostly from French into English and occasionally from English into French, paying particular attention to the formal and linguistic differences that can pose problems for translators. In addition to completing an independent translation project on your choice of text or media, you will also consider your own priorities as translators, formulating and revising two translation statements over the course of the semester. This course will be taught in French, and the class format will vary between lectures, seminar-style discussions, workshops, and student presentations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3950
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation, three written translations, and final translation project (including a written translation and class presentation).
Prerequisites: Strong performance in RLFR 106, successful performance in another 200-level French course, or by placement, or by permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to French majors and certificate students, and to Comparative Literature majors.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 209 Division I RLFR 218 Division I

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