Literary Translation at Columbia: Touching the Distance | Spring 2018

April 4th, 2018


A Conversation with Rose Réjouis and Val Vinokur on Translating Chamoiseau and Others


Organized by Susan Bernofsky, Writing


The translating team of Rose Réjouis and Val Vinokur speak about their translations from the French of major Caribbean authors Patrick Chamoiseau and Marie Vieux Chauvet. Réjouis has described their process as co-translators as follows: “We take turns. When I defend the original, he defends the translation. When he defends the original, I defend the translation.”


Rose Réjouis and Val Vinokur’s translations of Patrick Chamoiseau and Marie Vieux Chauvet have been recognized with the Lewis Galantière Prize for Best Book and a Guggenheim Fellowship. They have recently co-authored essays on collaboration, adaptation, and translation for Tolstoy Studies Journal: Anna Karenina for the 21st Century and for the collection Untranslatability Goes Global (Routledge). Réjouis is is the author of Veillées pour les mots: Césaire, Chamoiseau, Condé (Karthala 2005); her essays on translation culture, Benjamin, Freud, and Lévi-Strauss have appeared in French Literature Series and Small Axe; and she is a regular contributor to Esprit. Vinokur’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in such venues as Common Knowledge, The Boston Review, McSweeney’s, The Russian Review, Zeek, The Massachusetts Review, The Literary Review, and New American Writing. His book, The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas, was a finalist for the 2009 AATSEEL Award for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies. He has recently translated Isaac Babel’s The Essential Fictions, and is the founding editor of Poets & Traitors Press. Rose Réjouis is an associate professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College / The New School. Val Vinokur is chair of Liberal Arts in the Adult BA Program and director of the minor in literary translation, also at The New School.

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Location: Room 413, Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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