Symposium: Majoritizing Minority Literatures Through Translation

Symposium about translation
Mar 17, 2011
06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

This symposium brings together writers, readers, translators, editors, and literary scholars to celebrate the presence of world literature in translation in the United States, and to discuss a crucial aspect of the development and current status of the world republic of letters – the majoritizing of minor literatures through translation. “Minority” refers here both to literary cultures that make use of languages without the superregional resonance enjoyed by English, French, Spanish, and a few other languages, to those that exist in an imbalance vis à vis a related dominant culture (Portuguese vs. Spanish; Ukrainian vs. Russian), but also to the underrepresentation of nearly any non-English literature in the marketplace of US publishing. To “majoritize” such literatures means to integrate their richnesses into the wealth of cultural production and consumption in North America.


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