Fictional Representations of Translators and Theories on Their Work(Panel)
Erin Riddle (Elmira College)
field of translation studies and thereby the role of translators and their work
has gained increasing recognition over the last few decades. As a result, the
figure of the translator has likewise garnered increasing attention as a
central figure in the process of cross-cultural and international distribution
of ideas and information. However, much like translation theory (which can be
found in writing from ancient Greek philosophers), fictional representations of
translators and their work, along with metaphors representing theories of
translation, are nothing new.
This panel aims to explore fictional representations of translation and translators in literary works. Translation theory and practice can serve as a lens for examining themes related to the human experience. Presentations may include examples of translation practice, metaphors which represent concepts in translation theory, or the experiences of translators and their work. Ultimately participants in this panel will consider the way that translation theory or practicing translators and their experiences are represented in fiction. In addition, such analysis will also indicate what these fictional representations reveal about the way that translators and their work are regarded and valued or, unfortunately, devalued.