Contemporary European Fiction in Translation

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WESS Conference Program 2010

Contemporary European Fiction in Translation

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010

Time: 1:30 to 3:30PM

Location: REN Renaissance Washington (999 9th St. NW), Renaissance West A/B

Globalization and migration across linguistic borders create cross-cultural awareness and increase the need for translated fiction. Most North American readers rely on the publication of translated works for access to contemporary European and World literature, yet many publishers are hesitant, claiming that American audiences do not respond positively to literature in translation. What do librarians need to know to build collections and promote European literature in translation? Panelists will explore translation theory and cultural studies, publishing translations in North America, and translation poetics and pragmatics.


  • "The State of Literature in Translation Today" by Chad Post
  • "The Promise and Peril of Authors as Cultural Ambassadors" by Alane Salierno Mason
  • "The Cultural Turn in Translation Studies" by Dr. Edwin Gentzler





  • ACRL Western European Studies Section (WESS)
  • ACRL Literatures in English Section (LES)
  • ACRL Slavic and East European Section (SEES)

Contemporary European Fiction in Translation Program Flyer

Program supported in part by a generous grant from Jean Touzot Booksellers
and by the ACRL Conference Program Fund
Information on previous annual WESS programs available here.
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