East Asian Languages and Cultures | Topics in Japanese Studies: Translation as Craft
J505 | 26247 | Sarra, E.

3 credits
This section for graduate students only
This class meets with EALC-J491

Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in J302/J534or equivalent

This is a course for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
The goal of this course is to provide students with a practicum in
producing polished, literary translations from Japanese to English.
The course presupposes good reading proficiency in modern Japanese,
but moves toward developing studentsí skills in translation and
English style. We will also work tangentially at developing skills
in literary interpretation and analysis, partly through our close-
readings of the texts we are translating, but also through readings
in secondary materials on translation issues, problems of narrative
voice, poetic meter and technique, etc. The range of texts we will
read and translate depends in part on student interest, but will
focus largely on short literary texts by contemporary Japanese
writers of fiction, memoir and essay. All readings in Japanese. This
course counts for credit as a Japanese language course (4th year
level or above). Students will be evaluated on the basis of daily
participation in class, regular written homework assignments, and a
final translation project.