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Translation as Practice of Listening

Emily Goedde, University of Michigan
Monday, April 8, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
144 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Monday, April 8, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Listening is often considered the passive side of speaking, and translation a derivative mode of writing. Yet listening and translation generate their own kinds of knowledge. Both bring attention to the movements of echoes and resonance, to qualities of harmony and dissonance, and to spaces opened by relationships and silence. Drawing from the work of Chinese translators and poets writing in Kunming during the War of Resistance Against the Japanese, as the Second World War is known in China, this talk will consider how understanding translation as a listening practice allows us to access the knowledge translation creates.

Sponsored by
Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication