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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon Semester 2014
Course Coordinator and Team:Dr.Sanju Thomas
Email of course coordinator:sanju[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites:Students should have working knowledge of one more Indian language other than English.
Aim: The course Literary Translation: Process, Poetics and Politics aims to introduce students to the interesting area of literary translation. The importance of translation is experienced in more ways than one in a multicultural globalised world. In India, translation is an everyday, unconscious activity which operates at various levels. The course attempts to look at the basic concepts and issues of translation with special reference to India. Some topics of discussions will be around the debates of loyalty and creativity, the various approaches to translation, specific issues related to literary translation, the translator’s role, self-translation, and the politics of translation. The course will involve practical exercises to identify the problems faced in the process of translation and the steps that are taken to negotiate between the source text and the target text. This course is limited only to English translations from Indian languages and it would help if the student has a working knowledge of one more Indian language other than English.
Course Outcomes:At the end of the course students would be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
MODULE 1: Translation in India
This module will talk about a brief history of translation in India, and also problematise the concept of translation as we understand it now.
MODULE 2: The Process and Poetics of Translation
This module takes the student through the process of translation. It deals with the search of equivalence when dealing with different languages and the translation strategies that are widely used by translators. The module also highlights the relationship between author, translator, editor, and reader, and also the process of self-translation.
MODULE3: The Politics of Translation
This module looks at the manipulative, subversive and empowering roles of translation. It deals with the translator’s role in a globalised world, where the struggle between the centre and margins is a continuous process. The module will look at the relationship between translation and colonialism, translation and gender, and translation and caste.
Assessment Details with weights:
Period in which the assessment will take place
End Sep/early Oct
End Oct/early Nov
For presentation students will present a critique of an existing translation of any text of their choice. Portfolio will contain translation exercises with a commentary on translation. Students will also be expected to take up translation of a literary piece of considerable length of their choice, along with their detailed translator’s note.
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