Program Overview

Literary Translation

Program Type: Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Literary translation is an essential human activity, necessary and central to almost every world culture. It is a complex activity that both invites and defies the grasp of many disciplines: computer science, linguistics, philosophy, politics, economics, sociology, and cultural history, to name but a few. Students concentrating in literary translation will study the history and theory of literary translation, analyze specific cases and practical problems, and develop their own extended translation projects.

Sample Courses

  • CMPL 250 - Introduction to Literary Translation: Theory, History, Practice 4 credits
  • CMPL 350 - Advanced Translation Workshop: Poetry 4 credits
  • CMPL 351 - Advanced Translation Workshop: Prose and Drama 4 credits
  • CMPL 472 - Medicine, Literature, Biopower 4 credits

Literary Translation News

portrait of Stiliana Milkova

Reading in Translation Blog Shines Light on Literary Translations

December 5, 2018
Oberlin’s Comparative Literature Program was recently awarded management of a nationally acclaimed resource for reviews of translated literature. Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova serves as the blog’s managing editor.