Spanish and Portuguese | The Craft of Translation
S423 | 25168 | Professor Emily Maguire

HISP-S 423 The Craft of Translation  (3 credit)      ELECTIVE
Prerequisite: S312 and S332 or consent of the instructor

This course introduces students to the practice of literary
translation, both from English into Spanish and from Spanish into
English.  As we translate texts from different historical periods
and cultural contexts, we will think not only about vocabulary and
dictionary use, but also about syntax – sentence construction –,
idiom, register, style, and the “law of compensation.”  In the first
two-thirds of the course, we will explore these issues as we work on
a series of short translations.  In the last third of the semester,
we will consider some more theoretical texts while each student
works on a longer project of their choice that will become the final

This is a studio course.  Students will work largely on their own,
using class discussions and the professor as resources.  The final
grade will be determined on the basis of class participation, the
short translation exercises of the first part of the semester, and
the final project, a literary translation of publishable quality.
There will be no exams to take or theory to memorize; your practice
is what counts.

HISP-S 423 #25168 1:25P-2:15P  MWF  Room TBA  Professor Emily Maguire

Note:  Meets jointly with HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors #8121.