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The departments of Classics and World Languages and Cultures (WLC) are co-hosting their first symposium on literary translation on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2024.

The English word “translation” derives from the Latin translatio (“a carrying across”). The symposium addresses the power of translation to carry ideas across temporal, cultural, and national borders.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Richard Armstrong (U of Houston) who will present on "The Politics of Homeric Translation” and Dr. Lawrence Venuti (Temple University) who will present on “The Bourgeois Shudder: Translating Dino Buzzati's Politics of Fantasy.” In addition, Drs. Venuti and Armstrong will each offer a workshop on literary translation. The Translation Symposium also features poster presentations by UT students, as well as a panel discussion where our two key note speakers are joined by the following experts in the field of literary translation: Drs. Annette Bühler-Dietrich (U of Stuttgart, Germany),  Priscilla Layne (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Harrison Meadows (U of Tennessee), and Huiqiao Yao (Trinity University).

The two keynote presentations and the panel discussion are offered as hybrid events while the two workshops and the poster presentations are conducted as in-person events only.

Full schedule and registration:

Registration is free but required.

Events scheduled for April 19, 2024

  • 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM EDT: Reception
    John C. Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room (Room 258)
  • 05:45 PM - 7:00 PM EDT: Keynote (hybrid format)
    Lawrence Venuti: "The Bourgeois Shudder: Translating Dino Buzzati's Politics of Fantasy"
    John C. Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (First Floor)

The UT Translation Symposium continues on April 20, 2024, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT.


Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

John C. Hodges Library 1015 Volunteer Boulevard Knoxville, TN 37996

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