Politics in Fiction and Film: Lost and Found in Translation with Linda B. Miller
Tuesday afternoons on Zoom, from 4-6:30 p.m.
April 20, 27, May 4,11,18.
Is translation an art? When politics are the focus whose world views are prominent? Are historical memories a problem for both original authors and their translators? Why does it matter? Are novels especially rich as a source for films whose distortions could be prominent when fictional standards are themselves shifting over time and space? How, if at all, do our own expectations about form and structure shape our responses to novels and films?
Explore these and other questions in a provocative set of readings and related videos including Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five; Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden; Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient or Warlight; Toni Morrison, Beloved; James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk; Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Waking Lions; Khaled Khalifa, Death is Hard Work; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; Tommy Orange, There, There.