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Translating Fiction: A Conversation with Andrea Rosenberg

Translating Fiction: A Conversation with Andrea Rosenberg
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Andrea Rosenberg

Andrea Rosenberg will speak on the details of some of the decisions she has been called on the make in her translations, and in particular for The Gringo Champion (2017), her rendering into English of the young Mexican novelist Aura Xilonen's debut work Campeón gabacho (2015). Among the daunting tasks that fell to Rosenberg's lot was how to field what writer Cristina Rivera Garza has labeled "ingleñol," the presence of English in the Spanish-language text, a kind of reverse Spanglish. Dr. Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado remarks on Rosenberg's rising to other challenges in his piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books, "One cannot begin to imagine the enormous difficulty of translating a prose like Xilonen's, full of wordplay, idiomatic expressions, and anachronisms, with an almost musical verbal flow that relies on the Spanish language's natural syllabic metrics. Andrea Rosenberg's translation is notably intrepid."

This event is organized by Joan Munné and Melissa Simmermeyer, Senior Lecturers in the Department of Romance Studies, and has been made possible with the support of the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Fund, the Trinity Language Council, Duke Service-Learning, Romance Studies, and the Duke University Center for International Global Studies.

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