English 143T

Poetry Translation Workshop

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2017 Hass, Robert L.
TTh 12:30-2 301 Wheeler

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This is a workshop in the translation of poetry into English. Workshop members will develop a project and submit a translation a week (together with the original poem and a word-for-word version), and the work of the class will be for members to give one another feedback on their translations and to talk with one another about the pleasures and perils of the process. There will be weekly reading in the theory and practice of verse translation. The final project will be for each workshop member to produce a chapbook of a dozen or so translations.

Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically apply by clicking on the link below; fill out the application you'll find there and attach the following items as a Word document or .rtf file: (1) 5-8 pages of YOUR OWN translations of either your own poems or other people's poems (or a combination of the two) into English, as well as the corresponding pages in the original language; (2) a brief statement (no more than a sentence or two) describing the translation project you hope to work on; and (3) a one-paragraph statement of your interest in translation.

Also be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses.

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