Passages | Translating Homer's Odyssey: How and Why
Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Classical Studies, Translator of Homer’s Odyssey
What specific challenges face re-translators of ancient, ultra-canonical, Graeco-Roman texts? How are these challenges different or similar to those of other
literary translators? Why translate the Odyssey into English yet again, when there have already been almost seventy translations into our language? Prof. Wilson will
discuss her working process and goals with this project, from questions of verse form and meter, pacing, style, word choice to narrative perspective, focalization
and point of view. She will discuss her vision of this complex, magical, moving and absorbing text about identity, hospitality and the meanings of home.
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