Translation as Muse : Writers Who Translate

New York, NY

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Between Languages

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Translation as Muse : Writers Who Translate


  • Frédéric Boyer (Translator and writer / FR)
  • Keith Gessen (Translator and writer / USA)
  • Mary Jo Bang (Translator and poet / US) 
  • Hosted by Eric Banks (Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and critic/US)

Many writers also translate. What role does translation play in their creative process? For some writers and playwrights such as Frédéric Boyer, the two activities aren’t even distinguishable: returning to works of the past and rewriting them in another language is the requisite for a new writing. In other cases, does translation nurture writing or can its ontological uncertainty be an impediment to the development of one’s own voice?


  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • NYU Humanities Initiative
  • NYU Comparative Literature Department
  • NYU Graduate Center for translation studies


Other Partners

  • Online magazine Words Without Borders
  • Online magazine The New Inquiry
  • The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States


Related Programs

  • October 21, 2013: Lecture by Frédéric Boyer at Bard College