No Sources, No Targets: Translation as Realignment

Damion Searls
Monday, February 3, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
144 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Monday, February 3, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm

The idea of translation as a kind of transportation, "moving" a text from a source language to a target language or culture, continues to shape most discussions and debates about the nature of translation. Using examples from his recent, award-winning translation from German of the four-volume NYC novel Anniversaries, Searls will discuss the origins and some of the current uses of this idea and suggest a different framework for describing both what the translator is doing when she or he translates, and what the translated text is doing in and with its new language.

Damion Searls is a translator of 40 books from several languages and is currently writing a book for Yale UP entitled The Philosophy of Translation.

Sponsored by
Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication