The Catastrophe of Translation


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Barker Center, Room 230, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Mahindra Center for the Humanities Rethinking Translation Seminar


The Catastrophe of Translation

Adriana X. Jacobs
Associate Professor and Cowley Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Literature; Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

Adriana X. Jacobs is Associate Professor and Cowley Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Literature at University of Oxford; and Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Her research interests include: Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature, contemporary poetry, translation history and theory, literary translation, comparative poetics, diaspora and transnationalism, multilingualism and translingualism, comparative poetics, and political poetry and digital culture. Jacobs is the author of Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry (2018, University of Michigan Press), which offers a translation-centered reading of the development of modern Hebrew poetry. She has published widely on contemporary Hebrew and Israeli poetry and translation, including articles in Shofar, PMLA, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and Prooftexts. Her translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in Gulf Coast, Anomaly, World Literature Today, North American Review, and The Ilanot Review, among others, as well as in the collection Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores: Poems by Anne Kleiman and Annabelle Farmelant (Wayne State UP, 2016). In 2015, Jacobs was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for her translation of Vaan Nguyen’s The Truffle Eye (Zephyr Press, forthcoming in 2020).

Jacobs’ current book project examines contemporary poetry of crisis within a comparative framework that brings together poetry in Hebrew, Spanish and English. She is also affiliated with the research programme in Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation and co-convenor of the MSt in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation.

Co-sponsors: Center for European Studies: Charles Knapp Israel Studies Fund, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Contact: Liz Flanagan

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