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Kareem James Abu-Zeid | Intangibles: Toward a Holistic Approach to Literary Translation

April 7 at 4pm Intangibles: Toward a Holistic Approach to Literary Translation

Friday, April 7, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Club, Landscape room 

About the Event
When we translate literary texts, we are translating much more than merely meaning. This praxis-oriented talk will use concrete examples to explore some of the other, less tangible aspects of literary translation, and examine what it might mean to take a more holistic approach to translate literary texts.

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About the Speaker
Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Ph.D., is an Egyptian-American freelance translator of poets and novelists from across the Arab world who translates from Arabic, French, and German. He has received the 2022 Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation, a 2018 NEA translation grant, PEN Center USA’s 2017 translation prize, Poetry Magazine’s 2014 translation prize, a Fulbright research fellowship, and residencies from the Lannan Foundation and the Banff Center, among other honors. He is also the author of the book The Poetics of Adonis and Yves Bonnefoy: Poetry as Spiritual Practice.