Translating Literature

Subject GERM30020 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour seminar and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: At least 25 points of second year German or equivalent
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Birgit Lang


Subject Overview:

Specific authors/works pass into other cultures through translation, however readers rarely think about the process of translation. This course will give students the opportunity to study the theory and practice of literary translation. Students will analyse a range of different literary texts to examine how translators have tackled problems of linguistic and cultural difference. The source texts will be taken from both English and German. The course will furthermore introduce students to key theoretical pronouncements on translation by theorists and practicing translators. Students will also be able to develop their own tranlsation skills at an advance level (through practical assignments) and reflect on the translation process.

Objectives: .
Assessment: A mid-semester test (equivalent to 1,000 words) 25%, a team project consisting of a 1000 word written assignment and 10 minute oral presentation 25%, and, a 2000 word essay to be handed in at the end of the semester. Attendance at 75% of tutorials is a hurdle requirement in this subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A course reader prepared by the School, available through the Melbourne University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:

Students will:

  • have an increased understanding of cultural differences and cross-cultural diversity.
  • develop critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments.
  • communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others in speech.
Notes: Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German
German Major

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