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ERIC Number: EJ880879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Twisted Tongues, Tied Hands: Translation Studies and the English Major
Wittman, Emily O.; Windon, Katrina
College English, v72 n5 p449-469 May 2010
The emergent field of translation studies is still struggling to find a home in American universities in a time of severely strained budgets and overextended departments. Drawn to the issue, by the experience of a successful inaugural introductory course at the University of Alabama, these authors have found that a fruitful place for translation studies to gestate is under the watch-care of the often monolingual English department, although interdepartmental cooperation would certainly further the experience. Their careful attention to Lawrence Venuti's call for a "pedagogy of translated literature" in graduate programs in English persuades them that a translation studies course should also be mandatory for all undergraduate English majors. In this essay, the authors propose their course as a model for an undergraduate translation studies course, identifying the texts, the theories, and even the tangents necessary to make such a course relevant to the department, the student, and the future of English studies. Universities across the country have incorporated courses and programs in translation studies in a variety of ways. Surveying these courses and programs, the authors have found everything from introductory courses in theory to workshops, certificate programs, and full degree programs. The goals of such courses run from the purely pragmatic (translator training) to the purely theoretical. The authors describe their translation studies course which falls somewhere in between, with the objective of teaching students how to read translations and how, if they choose, to attempt their own. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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