American publishers often complain that it is difficult to find qualified translators for foreign-language literary works. Beyond literary translation, there is significant demand in the international cultural industries — television, film, medicine, law, NGOs, new media, etc. — for skilled translators. A minor in literary translation serves as a practice-based supplement to a BA, BS, or BFA degree and may also be of interest to students with a passion for languages and the humanities, whether or not they plan to pursue a degree in literature or creative writing.
The workshop that forms the heart of the minor exposes students to the art of literary translation and gives them the opportunity to workshop their own projects. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students working in any literary genre, so long as they have advanced reading proficiency in their source language and fluency in the target language (English). The minor explores the craft of translation as a way of understanding what makes a text literary. Students take a total of five courses, at least two of which must be the Literary Translation Workshop. The other courses may include an additional workshop; electives in literature, advanced foreign language courses, or project-relevant liberal arts courses; an internship; and an optional capstone independent study.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
This minor is open to all students in any major. The Literary Translation minor may also form the basis of a self-designed liberal arts BA. Students must have advanced proficiency in the source language and fluency in the target language (English).
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.
For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Val Vinokur, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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