SJC director to teach at the
British Centre for Literary Translation
Dr. Jeffrey Angles, an associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and director of the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University, has been invited to Norwich, England to teach in the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer Programme, planned for late July 2013.
Internationally recognized for his translations, Angles was chosen to lead the Japanese-to-English workshop. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN Club grants, as well as two major national prizes for his book “Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimak” (University of California Press, 2010). More recently, his “Twelve Views from the Distance” (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), was named as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
The centre offers a unique model for teaching translation, in which they bring together an accomplished translator who has a track record of excellent publication, and a group of approximately ten advanced students from around the world who are interested in working on their translation skills into English. Students are selected through a competitive process.
Additionally, the centre invites a famous author to participate in the program who would like to be translated into English. The translator and students spend a week with the author working on his/her translation and critique each other’s final results. Participation in the program often leads to publication of a translated work.
Angles was a guest of the centre last year during their international writer’s conference, Worlds 2012. He spent a week with an array of authors including J.M. Coetzee (winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature), Michael Ondaatje, Chika Unigwe, Teju Cole, Alex Miller, Gail Jones, and many other prominent literary figures. It was through that connection that Angles earned the invitation to return to Norwich for the 2013 summer school.