Interpreting the past to understand the present—English professor Rebecca Johnson traces cultural change through literary translation

Posted On May 06, 2019


Interpreting the past to understand the present—English professor Rebecca Johnson traces cultural change through literary translation

“Through translation, Johnson says, we are able to see structures of power and geopolitical landscapes over time. We can see how art and politics braid together, and the ways in which our lives today are informed by, and built on, the lessons of previous pages.”

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Rebecca Johnson of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences uses Arabic translations of Les Misérables and The Count of Monte Cristo to show globalization and transformation in literary translation.