Middle East Studies

Kareem James Abu-Zeid | Context and Cohesion: A Workshop on Translating Modern Literary Texts

April 7 at noon, Contect and Cohesion workshop

Friday, April 7, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Faculty Club, Landscape Room

Registration is Required

About the Event
In this hands-on workshop, we will use “trots” (a thick translation) to work on drafts of work by a prominent contemporary poet, and to explore some of the ins and outs of literary translation, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities that arise in the translation process. We will focus specifically on translating context, and on finding a cohesive vision for the translation. Students working from any language pairs/combinations are welcome to attend. Although we will be working on a poem, the translation principles discussed will be equally relevant for those people working in prose.

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About the Speaker
Kareem James Abu-Zeid, PhD, 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.