The Translation Studies Hub at the University of Washington in Seattle--together with UW's department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies--cordially invites you to the following virtual event focused on the work of translating the contemporary Ukrainian author Serhiy Zhadan:
October 25 pm Pacific (9 pm Eastern) on Zoom
Free and open to all
Translating the Eccentric and the Commonplace
With translators Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler
Discourse around translation tends to primarily focus on rendering aesthetic value, semantic content, and cultural context, but a fourth dimension, which is equally foundational to the process, is rendering eccentric text in the source language as eccentric text in the translation and preserving the unmarked quality of commonplace text. Literary translators Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler will discuss a fundamental aspect of their profession--with the examples from their work on the Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan's novel The Orphanage--that is often perniciously overlooked: what they refer to as “marked” and “unmarked” language. This seminar will help participants avoid the stilted, overdesigned sentences that often plague literary translation and more closely replicate the original reading experience. Limited spots available. Register at the zoom link to be added to the list.