CFP> Surplus, Scarcity, and the Trials of the Translator

Rebecca Thompson Discussion
Call for Papers
March 7, 2024 to March 10, 2024
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Linguistics, Languages, Humanities

The act of translation is often discussed in terms of possession: what is lost, what is revealed, who can claim ownership of a text, and to what extent. It is possible, however, that a more enlightening conversation around translation theory and practice could be had if we shifted our focus from questions of ownership to questions of surplus and scarcity. In an age of globalization where translation is often maligned as useless and mechanized, the field of translation studies must push itself towards inclusive discussions of its most human aspects. To what extent should the translator's work be visible? How do translators negotiate the complexities of excess and lack, "too-much-ness" and "not-enough-ness," when mediating a text? How can we examine the relationships among author, narrator, reader, and translator through a lens that manages to be both qualitative and quantitative? How can existing theories of translation be understood through this lens? Most importantly, could such a shift in our framing of the act of translation--a shift away from the limiting, capitalist notion of ownership--allow us to ask and answer new questions about the mediation of a text?

Deadline for submission is abstracts is 30 September, 2023. Accepted papers will be presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, hosted at Tufts University in Boston, MA, 7-10 March, 2024. 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Rebecca Thompson

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

845 Kenmore Ave.

Buffalo, NY 14223

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