Spring 2021 - WL 404W D100

Literature and Translation (4)

Class Number: 6386

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including two 300 level courses in World Literature, English, or Humanities.



Explores the translation of texts into new cultural contexts, their reception, and the theory and practice of literary translation. May compare several texts or focus on a single work that has been reconceived in several cultures. Writing.


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What is translation? Is it simply substituting one word for another in a different language? Or is just capturing the sense of a phrase enough? Moving from “original” to “copy” is both a technical and artistic feat. This workshop/seminar course will attend to the practical difficulties of literary translation, while also exploring the wider implications of the concept. Defined more broadly as a way to understand how words (and therefore literary texts) travel, translation has deep literary, social and historical significance. While independently working on translation-related projects, students will be introduced to translation theory and the various ways in which literary translations have been central to communication among cultures.

PLEASE NOTE: This course has asynchronous work that students must complete in their own time. Asynchronous work will include pre-recorded lectures and other online activities. Students are also expected to be available for the set scheduled course times for synchronous meetings. 

If you have any questions about this class, please contact: wlladmin@sfu.ca 


  • Participation 10%
  • Bibliography/proposal 15%
  • Roundtable presentation 15%
  • Draft project 15%
  • Final project 30%
  • Discussion Board 15%



Most readings available on Canvas/SFU Library


The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 8th ed.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).