What Translation Means

When 27 Sep 2013
Where The James
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016
United States


Hieronymus Bosch, The Temptation of St. Anthony.

Sep 27, 2013, 3:30pm-7:30pm

Esther Allen, Susan Bernofsky, Peter Cole, Jason Grunebaum, Christi A. Merrill, Richard Sieburth, Rosanna Warren, Eliot Weinberger

What does it mean to translate, be translated (or not), read a translation, be read in translation? This symposium convenes two panels—”Mysticism in Translation” and “इंडिया (India, in other words)”—as prisms through which to ponder the dense literary, political and cultural questions that the reinvention of texts through the medium of a new language entrains.

Mysticism in Translation (3:30-4:45 p.m.)

With Susan Bernofsky, Peter Cole, Richard Sieburth, and Rosanna Warren

What makes mystical texts mystical, and what happens when they are transported to a new language and context? Translators of the Kabbalah (Cole), Nostradamus (Sieburth) and Jewish Catholic mystic Max Jacob (Warren) discuss the challenges and paradoxes of translating these complex bodies of thought and the mysticism inherent in the act of translation.

इंडिया (India, in other words) (5:00-6:15 p.m.)

With Esther Allen, Jason Grunebaum, Christi A. Merrill, and Eliot Weinberger

What forces make the contemporary Indian literature written in English so globally prominent even as the literatures of the nation’s many other languages remain, for the most part, obscure? These translators and aficionados of the literatures of India discuss the particular obstacles they face translating work from and for such a spectacularly multilingual context.

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