Spring 2016

Translating the Classics

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-344  |  Spanish, as SPAN-374


Regina J. Galasso (Section 01)
Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 374 and EUST 344) In this blended-learning course, 25 students will study four literary classics (Cervantes's Don Quixote, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Kafka's The Metamorphosis), exploring their history of literary translation across time as well as across languages. Students will think about how translations contribute to the comprehension, interpretation, circulation, survival, and new possibilities of literary texts, especially regarding the classics. Students will also engage in the practice of literary translation by producing enhanced digital texts that combine a new translation made by students with visual, audio, and virtual data. Overall, this course will encourage students to look at translation through a historical lens by accessing translations done in different periods as statements of their time and place as well as introduce them to the profession of literary translation in the digital age. All students should be native speakers of or fluent in English, and will translate into this language for their final project. Students should also have advanced reading knowledge in any one or more of these four languages: Spanish, French, German, and Russian.

Consent of the instructor is required. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Stavans and Professor Galasso (University of Massachusetts).

If Overenrolled: Instructors' discretion


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016