TIR Forum on Literature and Translation
Translations have played an important part in the history of The Iowa Review, especially through the magazine's various affiliations with writers from around the globe who have visited Iowa City over the years, to read at Prairie Lights Bookstore, study or teach in the Writers' Workshop, participate in seminars and conferences, or in the International Writing Program or Summer Writing Festival, or because we've published their work and they have an inkling to meet us in person. Iowa is also the home of the oldest MFA program devoted to literary translation in the United States, a spin-off of the Workshop from the 1960s, guided for many years by Daniel Weissbort, long-time editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and translator of Joseph Brodsky, Nikolai Zabolotsky, and Claude Simon, among many others.
TIR's forum on literature and translation began in 2011 with an inaugural essay by translator and scholar Lawrence Venuti. This essay originated as a plenary lecture delivered to the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association in October of 2010, where, to put it mildly, it caused a bit of a stir. The responses, from leading writers, translators, and scholars, appeared at brief intervals through the first part of 2012, along with comments from readers. While the comments section has now closed, the outlines of the debate are still evident in the published pieces
Paul Vangelisti's retrospective on poetry and translation also originated as an ALTA plenary, which may suggest something of a pattern, though the latest installment is of a different sort altogether: a rare interview-memoir, translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter, by Michael Henry Heim, whose untimely death has left a great hole in the world of contemporary world literature.
A Happy Babel
Michael Henry Heim
Response to Mr. Venuti by Tim Parks:
Mysteries of the Meta-Task
Response to Mr. Venuti by Luise von Flotow:
Upgrading the Downgraded
Response to Mr. Venuti by Sidney Wade:
Translation Art, Translation Theory
Response to Mr. Venuti by Russell Scott Valentino:
On Three Cultures: Workshop, Review, Translation
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