Mohammed Albakry, Joseph McAlhany
A discussion of contemporary issues in translation, from classical past to the global present, hosted by Mohammed Albakry (English, Middle Tennessee State Univ.) and Joseph McAlhany (History, Univ. of Connecticut).
An interview with translator and editor Rachel S. Cordasco on the specific challenges presented by translating science fiction and speculative fiction. Mohammed and Rachel discuss geopolitical shifts in speculative fiction, science fiction beyond the west, the challenges of translating neologisms, and how these types of fiction encourage translators to search for a new language.
29 min 29 sec
A discussion of the challenges in translating different types of humor, from linguistically embedded forms such as puns to more "prosaic" types that may have different cultural resonances.
23 min 27 sec
Mohammed Albakry interviews Lynn Palermo, a translator from French and winner of a 2019 NEA Translation Grant Award. They talk about her work translating Fabienne Kanor's novel, the collaborative process in translation, teaching translation, and much more.
24 min 23 sec
A discussion of the way translation and translators have been historically undervalued, and the changing status of translation in academia, especially for tenure and promotion.
20 min 12 sec
A discussion of the challenges and opportunities in translating idioms and proverbs across languages and cultures, with examples from across the globe.
23 min 30 sec
A discussion of the problems presented by dialects to the translator, with examples covering Flannery O'Connor, Aristophanes, and Mark Twain.
28 min 20 sec
Beginning from Montequieu's pseudotranslated Persian Letters (1721) and delving into the legends of the Septuagint translation, Mohammed and Joseph discuss the problems with the trope of the "spirit" that has animated the long history of translation and translation studies.
38 min 10 sec
An introduction to the podcast and your hosts, Mohammed and Joseph, including a brief overview of topics and issues to be covered in future episodes.
22 min 47 sec