Webinar: ‘Translating the borders of Japanese literature’ by Dr Vicky Young (2001)

Date & timeWednesday, 10 March 10:30am - 11:30am
LocationOnline
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Tuesday, 9 March 12:00pm
Event type Webinar

Booking for this event has now closed. Email alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk for late booking enquiries.

Join us on Wednesday 10 March for our fifth Trinity Hall webinar. We look forward to welcoming Dr Vicky Young (2001), Trinity Hall alumna, Kawashima Lecturer in Japanese Literature
and Culture in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Selwyn College.

Vicky will be joined by Professor James Montgomery, The Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic at Trinity Hall, who will lead Q&A.

The webinar will take place at 10.30am (GMT) on Wednesday 10 March and will last approximately 30 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A at the end. There is no charge to attend however booking is required. The webinar will be hosted live via Zoom.

Title

‘Translating the borders of Japanese literature’

Summary

Japanese literature in recent years has been experiencing something of a translation boom with several newly translated works winning international prizes, a new generation of translators emerging, and publishers being encouraged to commission more and more works. Within Japanese literary studies, this has led to excitement that translation is allowing Japanese fiction to become a global phenomenon, and breaking down its barriers of national language and national identity. But, what if some Japanese literature only really works in Japanese? What does translation mean in this context? If translation might be likened to a flow of traffic, with some texts making it through and others finding themselves blocked, what makes a text translatable?

In this webinar, Vicky takes a critical look at these recent trends from the perspective of literary works that appear untranslatable, and whose global significance might therefore be overlooked. In fact, the image of translation as a movement across borders and between languages is guided by our familiarity with the English term. However, in Japanese, the corresponding term hon’yaku means to flip something over or turn it inside out. Led by this alternative image, Vicky will introduce texts that invite us to think about translation differently, and cast light on more surprising flipsides of Japanese literature that are yet to emerge.

Biography

Dr Vicky Young (2001) is the Kawashima Lecturer in Japanese Literature and Culture in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Selwyn College.

View Dr Young’s full bio online at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

How to register

Booking for this event has now closed. Email alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk for late booking enquiries. 

By email: Contact alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

Please register no later than midday on Tuesday 9 March.

You will receive the joining instructions by 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 9 March which will include the link to Zoom. If you have not received the link by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Contact

If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

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