Faculty Research Forum presents Rhonda Buchanan

When Jan 28, 2011
from 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Bingham Humanities, Room 300
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"The Accidental Translator" 

January 28, 2011
3:30 p.m.
Bingham Humanties, Room 300


In this presentation, Dr. Buchanan will explain how years of analyzing the narrative fiction of contemporary Latin American authors, teaching their works in her classes and publishing critical essays about them, eventually led her to embrace an unexpected passion in the latter part of her career at the University of Louisville: the art of literary translation. After considering the role of translation as a legitimate academic pursuit, Dr. Buchanan will discuss the unique challenges involved in translating works by three Latin American authors: two Jewish Argentine writers Ana María Shua and Perla Suez, and the Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sánchez. She  firmly believe that the years spent analyzing narrative fiction with a critical eye have helped her to become a better translator, and in turn, translating literary texts has added a new dimension to her critical investigations. Her hopes are that this presentation will reveal that indeed translation is the most intimate form of critical literary analysis.


This event is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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