CFP: Translating the Poetry of Other (11/30/05; 3/23/06-3/26/06)

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K. Eaton
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ACLA 2006 Annual Meeting: The Human and Its Others
Princeton University, March 23-26, 2006
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2005

Seminar: “Poetry is what is lost in translation”:
Translating the Poetry of Other

What or who gets lost when we translate poetry of
national, ethnic, or cultural others or poetry that is
Other? What or who gets found? In the end, is
translating poetry always intransitive? Is it always
other, which is to say something else than the
writer’s, reader’s, and translator’s intents or
interpretations? This panel seeks to explore questions
of translating poetry: on the one hand the phrase
describes poetry which translates its own otherness
while at the same time translating experiences of
l’étranger (e.g. cultural) from other to another, or
from opposition to apposition as Édouard Glissant
would say. On the other hand, the phrase describes the
event of translating poetry as a poetry in its own
right. We welcome papers which address translating the
poetry of “the Other,” whether cultural, linguistic,
or another historic era; comparative translations of a
poem; poems about bodily or spiritual translation;
poems that translate prose or vice versa, and other
relevant topics. Original translations are encouraged
for those papers that address works not written in

Seminar Organizer(s): Seanna Sumalee Oakley,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kalenda Eaton,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

How to submit a paper proposal:

“We are now accepting individual paper proposals. The
list of accepted seminars for the 2006 Annual Meeting
has been posted. If you are interested in submitting a
paper to this seminar session, you must go to the
paper proposal form at:
( To
propose a paper, select that seminar when you fill out
the paper proposal submission form. You must be a
member of ACLA to present a paper.

The conference is organized primarily into seminars
(or “streams”), which consist either of twelve papers,
if they meet on all three days of the conference, or
eight to nine papers, if they meet on two days. Papers
should be 15-20 minutes long–no longer–to allow time
for discussion” (ACLA website,

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