Led by award-winning literary translator Sophie Lewis
This workshop explores the constraints that shape translations using Oulipian practice and, in particular, key OuLiPo member Georges Perec’s novel La Disparition. Students will be encouraged to interrogate the invisible, innate constraints of their own translating sensibility, starting with a whistle-stop guide to the background of OuLiPo and the methods championed by its best known members. They move on to hands-on translation within constraints formulated by the students themselves and conclude with in-depth discussion of the implications of working under constraints, both deliberate and inadvertent.
“The workshops taught me how to think outside the box and being flexible with the way I use and understand language.”– Student, Cheney School