The Challenges and Rewards of Literary Translation

ARISC Online Workshop

By Dr. Anna Oldfield, Coastal Carolina University

Dates: May 24, 25, 26 2021

Time: 5-7 pm Baku time

Workshop will be conducted via Zoom

This is a workshop taking place over 3 days. Each day will be a continuation of the day prior.

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Description: This workshop is intended for students, faculty, teachers, and community members who are interested in improving their English through literary translation. In addition, this workshop introduces participants to Translation Theory, which generates conversations about the perception of self and other through language, thinking from another’s point of view, and the role of metaphor in culture. The workshop is interactive, with integrated hands-on translation activities. Drawing on theorist L. Venuti’s idea of translation as a “utopian” practice that creates new imagined communities of readers, the workshop ends with an invitation to practice translation as a path to greater intercultural communication. The format is flexible to accommodate translating between English, Azerbaijani, and other languages. It is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of English to benefit from the workshop.

Workshop leader: Dr. Anna C. Oldfield is an Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University, where she teaches World Literature, Folklore, Film and Translation Studies in the departments of English, Languages, and Intercultural Studies. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been working with Azerbaijani culture since 2003.She has been active in cultural exchange with Smithsonian Folkways, the British Library, and the San Francisco World Music Festival and has received fellowships from the American Research Institute in the South Caucasus and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Oldfield has worked for several years in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as a researcher and Fulbright Scholar and during that time has focused on issues of translation of Russian and Turkic Languages into English.

* This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact us at or

 ** Funding for this workshop is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

*** ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.