Sandra Lekas Bermann

  • Translation, Migration and Culture

    This course will explore the seldom-discussed connections between migration, language, and translation. While studying the movement of peoples, often in collaboration with the university- wide Sawyer Seminar, Global Migration: A Dialogue between the Humanities and Social Sciences, we will focus particular attention on the ways language and translation affect the lives of those who move through and settle in different cultures and of those who interact with them directly and indirectly.
  • Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication

    This course will explore the seldom-discussed connections between migration, language, and translation. While studying the movement of peoples, often in collaboration with the university- wide Sawyer Seminar, Global Migration: A Dialogue between the Humanities and Social Sciences, we will focus particular attention on the ways language and translation affect the lives of those who move through and settle in different cultures and of those who interact with them directly and indirectly.
  • Poetries of Resistance

    Poetry can be seen as a mode of reflection on history and, very often, as an act of resistance to it. This course will examine works written in Europe, Latin America and the US during the 20th and 21st centuries in different languages and historical contexts. We will explore their oppositional and also their liberatory effects: their ability to evoke their times, to disrupt our usual understandings while offering new political, artistic and ethical perspectives.
  • Poetries of Resistance

    Poetry can be seen as a mode of reflection on history and, very often, as an act of resistance to it. This course will examine works written in Europe, Latin America and the US during the 20th and 21st centuries in different languages and historical contexts. We will explore their oppositional and also their liberatory effects: their ability to evoke their times, to disrupt our usual understandings while offering new political, artistic and ethical perspectives.
  • Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication

    A required course for students taking the certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication but open to all who are interested in translation or any of its aspects, that is in movements between languages of any sort. Readings will focus on recent contributions to the emerging disciplines of translation studies across a wide spectrum of thematic fields (science, law, anthropology, literature, etc.). The seminar will incorporate the individual experiences of the students in their contact with different disciplines and idioms and, where relevant, in developing their senior theses.
  • Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication

    A required course for students taking the certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication but open to all who are interested in translation or any of its aspects, that is in movements between languages of any sort. Readings will focus on recent contributions to the emerging disciplines of translation studies across a wide spectrum of thematic fields (science, law, anthropology, literature, etc.). The seminar will incorporate the individual experiences of the students in their contact with different disciplines and idioms and, where relevant, in developing their senior theses.
  • Studies in Forms of Poetry: Poetry, History and Memory

    This seminar explores the intricate relations of poetry to history and memory in the troubled 20th century. Individual poets are closely studied for their intrinsic interest but also for their (known and still to be discovered) connections with each other. The poets are Eugenio Montale, César Vallejo, René Char, Paul Celan, Adrienne Rich and Anne Carson, but other writers are called on from time to time. Questions of war and resistance are important, and above all the course attends to what one might think of as the fate of language under pressure.
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