ALTA45 Panel Recording: Words that Get Off the Page

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ALTA45 Panel Recording: Words that Get Off the Page

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Words that Get Off the Page: Translating for the Stage and the Page (Panel)

Literary translators of embodied texts including plays labor so that not only does the translation become a print object, it moves out into the air when other artists stage the work, perhaps in many iterations. How do theatre practitioners consider translation from different angles, including stageability and embodiment, than translators aiming for the form of the page? Each panelist presents a unique angle including the literary translator’s perspective on the page, hybrid poetics’ practical and formal considerations, and directing and staging for an audience. Bringing together experience translating and staging Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian plays as well as a broad spectrum of theatrical experience, we hope to spark lively conversations and devote considerable time to Q&A.

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Dr. Robert Eric Shoemaker (moderator) is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Eric holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. Eric works in magical poetics, queer theory and poetry, public history, translation, and gender and sexuality.

James Richie is a translator and a researcher who holds an MA in Language, Literature, and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He translates works from Italian, Spanish, and Russian into English, and his translations have been featured in A Journal of Literature, Culture, and Literary Translation, Four Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation, and the Journal of Italian Translation. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Louisville.

Nancy Jones is a professor of Theatre at the University of Kentucky. Her teaching, directing, and research interests include comedy, issues of equity, and interdisciplinary projects. She has translated Eugène Ionesco’s The Lesson and Pierre de Marivaux’s The Dispute into English, and she has directed staged versions of these plays based on her translations.

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