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Translation Workshop: Peter Wortsman
Thursday, April 04, 2019, 04:30pm - 06:00pm

Please join us for a Translation Workshop featuring writer-translator

Peter Wortsman

"The 'Lingovert' Writer: Mining the Left Hand of Consciousness in a Second Tongue"


A formidable literary "foreign legion" comprising uprooted aristocrats, seafarers, adventurers, itinerant intellectuals, and refugees of every ilk (think Samuel Beckett, Adelbert von Chamisso, Joseph Conrad, Isaak Dinesen, and Vladimir Nabokov) have hip‑hopped across linguistic and geopolitical borders, and in the process, created a parallel tradition to the literature of place. Call it the literature of displacement.

Writer-translator Peter Wortsman, the American-born son of Austrian-Jewish refugees, will reflect on the notion of “lingoverts,” a term he coined for these “honeybees of culture,” who gather conceptual pollen on one side of a linguistic divide and fertilize exotic flowers on another. He will also present some of his own translingual experiments written in German and French, thereafter adapted into English, tapping what he calls “the left hand of consciousness.”

Location Academic Building West Wing, room 4052