Theory & Practice of Translation
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)
Spring Semester 2009 Wednesday, Friday 15:00
This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the history of translation, modern translation theories, and the main challenges involved in actual translation.
Each Wednesday's class will be centered on the theory and history of translation. Each week's Friday class will be a translation workshop, students working in groups on a variety of translation projects to be decided at the beginning of the semester, either English-Korean or Korean-English.
The text-book for the Wednesday class first half-semester will be Susan Bassnett's Translation Studies. In the second half-semester we will read a variety of texts, to be xeroxed later.
Week 1 (March 4, 6) Introduction
The Septuagint and the Vulgate, The Buddhist scriptures in Chinese, 12th century Europe (Greek / Arabic), 15-18th centuries (Plato, the classics), The
Bible into modern languages, 19th & 20th century Russian classics
into English, Translation from Ezra Pound to Venuti.
Week 2 (March 11, 13) Bassnett pages 1 - 20
Week 3 (March 18, 20) Bassnett pages 21 - 44
Week 4 (March 25, 27) Bassnett pages 45 - 62
Week 5 (April 1, 3) Bassnett pages 62-78
Week 6 (April 8, no class Good Friday) Bassnett pages 79 - 110
Week 7 (April 15, 17) Bassnett pages 110 - 131
Week 8 Midterm exams
Week 9 (April 29, May 1) Equivalence at word level
Week 10 (May 6, 8) Equivalence above word level
Week 11 (May 13, 15) Grammatical equivalence
Week 12 (May 20, no class 22?) Textual equivalence
Week 13 (May 27, 29) Textual equivalence contd
Week 14 (June 3, 5) Pragmatic equivalence
Week 15 (June 10, 12) Theory of translation: class presentations
Week 16 -17 Exams
Assignments : Each student will prepare a
series of translations, including one or two short stories. Completed
projects will be graded for the midterm and final grades.
Each student will write a midterm and a final report on "The History, Theory and Practice of Translation," the final report being a revision and expansion of the mid-term report.