Sterile Equation: A Translator’s Importance

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Translation is in practice a kind of interpretive performance and no translation would be possible if in its ultimate essence it strove for likeness to the original. So with modern technology allowing for greater communication than ever across borders and languages, what then is the role of the translator? Join Danish-translator Arendse Lund for a talk on what a translator can do that modern technology can’t—yet.

Arendse Lund is a translator of Danish-language literature and a writer living in San Francisco. Her focus is Hans Christian Andersen’s vast literary canon, and some of her translated pieces include: Årets Børn, Hjertets Melodier, I Afrikanerbyen, De dandse med CastagnetterHvor Himlen har Stjerner!, and Hvor flyver min Tanke imorgen den Dag. Her work has been featured in Alchemy: Journal of TranslationAudeamus, and The Asahi Shimbun. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.