F255. Found in Translation: How Translators and Authors Translate the Untranslatable

Room 612, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


The topic of untranslatability has been discussed by many theorists, but most of these reflections stem from one perspective only, namely, the translator’s. This panel offers a multidimensional discussion between a Peruvian poet and a Peruvian American narrator and their respective translators, concerning the challenges of the untranslatable, a discussion made all the more relevant and poignant by the fact that both authors are fluent in the target language.



María José Zubieta is a professor at New York University where she teaches translation and interpretation. She has served as advisor for several translation projects at NYU. Also, she was the coordinator of a collective translation project in conjunction with the University of Granada in Spain.

Mariela Dreyfus is the author of six poetry books, most recently Cuaderno músico. She has translated into Spanish the poetry of Diane Wakoski, Allen Ginsberg, and Daniel T. Moran. She currently teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.

Daniel Alarcón is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and radio producer. He is the author of six books, including two story collections, and the novel At NIght We Walk in Circles, published in 2013.

Jorge Cornejo is a book editor and translator. He has created and developed books and book collections for various prestigious publishing houses in Peru on topics such as history, art, children, and cooking. He has translated most of Daniel Alarcón's works into Spanish.

E.M. O’Connor has translated the poetry collection Fish by Mariela Dreyfus and the novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín. Her essays, poetry, and translations have appeared in various journals. She teaches Literature and Spanish at Lesley University and is writing her first novel.


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