Translation for Monolinguals

Jan Steyn, University of Iowa
Monday, December 10, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
144 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Monday, December 10, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

This talk reflects on conundrums often faced by translators, teachers of translation, reviewers of works in translation, authors writing original works in a translation-impacted world, and even, occasionally, Hollywood filmmakers: How to talk about translation to people who only speak one language? What are the appropriate metaphors, intra-lingual exercises, narrative strategies, or visualizations for the commerce between languages? And (how) can such attempts to talk about translation challenge the presumptive category of monolingualism itself?  

Jan Steyn is a literary translator and scholar of literatures in French, English, Dutch, and Afrikaans. He teaches Literary Translation and French at the University of Iowa.

Sponsored by
Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication