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New Translation from MA in Cultural Translation alumna Emma Ramadan

Sphinx Garreta cover

Emma Ramadan, who graduated from AUP’s MA in Cultural Translation program last year, has published her translation of Anne Garréta’s Sphinx. You can read an extract, or order the book from its publisher or from the usual suspects. The translation is a formidable exploit, as it manages to bring the constraint of the novel – a love story between two characters, the gender of neither of whom is revealed in the book – into English (a language in which gender operates according to an entirely different logic) while maintaining the tone and life of the language. Continue reading “New Translation from MA in Cultural Translation alumna Emma Ramadan”

Dan Gunn – touring the US – alumni welcome

Dan Beckett wall

On Wednesday 25 February at 19:00, Dan will be presenting Samuel Beckett’s letters with Joseph O’Neill at Albertine in New York

On Tuesday 3 March, from 18:00-20:00, he will be in conversation with Jean-Michel Rabaté in Philadelphia at Slought Gallery

And on Friday 6 March at 19:00, he will be reading from and discussing his recent novel with Claire Messud at Porter House Bookshop in Cambridge, Mass

Or if you can’t be at these events you can watch him walking and talking about Beckett.

Russell Williams reviewing Houellebecq and Aubert

Russell Williams teaches in the EN program, and has a passion for strange music. He is an expert on the French noise scene, with a special interest in Vomir.

Here he reviews the puzzling collaboration between contemporary French writer Michel Houellebecq – probably the best known French novelist outside France – and the front-man of French post-punk 80s band Telephone, Jean-Louis Aubert.

 

Special screening of The Uprising, directed by Peter Snowdon, in the Grand Salon on 10 October at 15:00

Peter_Snowdon_Film_PosterDavid Tresilian has organised an event to which all friends of the department are invited. A special screening of Peter Snowdon’s film ‘The Uprising’, a documentary account of the 2011 Arab Revolutions, which will take place at AUP on Friday 10 October at 15h00 in B33 (Grand Salon).

The film will be introduced by the director who will also answer questions following the screening. Continue reading “Special screening of The Uprising, directed by Peter Snowdon, in the Grand Salon on 10 October at 15:00”

Launch of Volume III of Samuel Beckett’s letters, at AUP on 16 October, 19:00

SB coverOn 16 October 2014, at 19:00, in the Grand Salon, 31 Avenue Bosquet

By invitation of the Center for Writers & Translators and the Department of Comparative Literature & English, George Craig and Dan Gunn will present this new volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters, on the evening of its worldwide publication by Cambridge University Press. Continue reading “Launch of Volume III of Samuel Beckett’s letters, at AUP on 16 October, 19:00”

Creative Writing at AUP celebrates the launch of the Plume Anthology of Poetry, on 30 October

Under the direction of Jeffrey Greene, and now with the support of Siân Melangell Dafydd and of Andrew Davidson’s creative writing club,  creative writing has grown in scale and quality at AUP over the last years. We’ll be announcing regular events on the blog (a Halloween reading is planned for 31 October, and a celebration of young Canadian writers later in the winter).

But for now, we want you to make a space in your diary for an event to mark the launch of The Plume Anthology of Poetry. The event will be held in the Grand Salon, on 30 October 2014, at 19:00, and will feature readings by Daniel Lawless (editor), Marilyn Hacker, Claire Malroux, Emanuel Moses, Molly Lou Freeman, and Jeffrey Greene.

Celebrate the launch of The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume III, 1957-1965

Beckett letters volume 3By invitation of the Center for Writers & Translators and the Department of Comparative Literature & English, the editors George Craig and Dan Gunn will present this new volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters, on the evening of its worldwide publication by Cambridge University Press.

Thursday 16 October at 19:00, in The Grand Salon of the American University of Paris, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Continue reading “Celebrate the launch of The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume III, 1957-1965”

Rebekah Rast and her colleagues present the results of their work on language acquisition

How do foreign language teaching and learning connect? Do we learn a language faster or better because of a certain type or style of teaching? Does a native speaker of one language learn a new language faster or better than a native speaker of another language, regardless of the teaching approach?

Such questions will be addressed during a two-day workshop organized by AUP Professor Rebekah Rast and her European colleagues.  The Workshop, entitled Apport de la recherche en acquisition des langues à la didactique des langues étrangères will be held in French at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse June 16-17. At the center of the workshop is an extensive European language acquisition project (VILLA)*, which studies how native speakers of French, English, Dutch, German and Italian begin to learn the Polish language. The project observes students’ learning of Polish during the first fourteen hours of instruction.

The two-day workshop begins on June 16 with several hands-on ateliers where guests will view videotapes of the Polish teacher in action and try out Polish tasks that were performed by participants over the fourteen-hour instruction period.

During the second day, June 17, invited speakers will present their reactions to the project’s methodology and its preliminary results by responding to the following question: « Comment la didactique et les pratiques des classes peuvent bénéficier des résultats de la recherche en acquisition des langues? » (“How can pedagogy and classroom practice benefit from results of language acquisition studies?”). Three types of foreign language specialists will respond to the question: researchers in language pedagogy, language teachers, and researchers in language acquisition.

Even though the VILLA project focuses on the beginning stages of learning Polish, Professor Rast and her colleagues expect animated debates about the relations between foreign language acquisition research and the teaching of languages, not only with respect to Polish at the beginner levels, but with respect to any language at any level.

* The project “Varieties of Initial Learners in Language Acquisition: Controlled classroom input and elementary forms of linguistic organisation” (VILLA) received funding from the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences (ANR in France, DFG in Germany, and NOW in the Netherlands), as well as PRIN in Italy and the British Council in the UK.

Congratulations to all new graduates

olivia and jarrah
Olivia Baes (MA in Cultural Translation) and Jarrah Burns (BA in Comparative Literature with a minor in Creative Writing)

Congratulations to those students who graduated this Spring, with BA in Comparative Literature, BA in Literary Studies and Creative Arts, MA in Cultural Translation. And we also saw the first graduating self-designed major in Classics. Apologies for my dodgy photographs – I would be delighted if you could send me your own pictures so we can show how fabulous and how happy you all looked.

We’ll list them all below; congratulations also to Daniel Medin and to Jeffrey Greene, awarded jointly the prize for curricular development, for their work in bringing, respectively, creative writing and world literature to the center of AUP’s curriculum. Fittingly, this was the first year in which students graduated with minors in Creative Writing.

A couple more pictures and the details after the break Continue reading “Congratulations to all new graduates”

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