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Translating the Classics: An Interview with Lydia Davis

Image: Lydia Davis at the University of Georgia Chapel (with George Cooke’s 1847 painting, "Interior of St. Peter's"), Wikimedia Commons. In the spring of 2016, as co-teachers of the course Translating the Classics, we and our eight students engaged in an electronic conversation with Lydia Davis, acclaimed author of short stories, collected in volumes like Can’t and Won’t (2014), Varieties of Disturbance (2007), and Break It Down (1986); and translator of...

To sleep, perchance to dream

Censorship We know that the earliest readers of Remembrance of Things Past objected to the length of its incipit narration of its hero’s noddings-off and nocturnal (and diurnal) reveries. A gentleman who spends forty pages explaining how he tosses and turns in bed and rumples his sheets is surely enough likely to rumple the patience of his readers. If patience is a bedsheet, which virtue is a pillow? Let us leave this enigma aside and return to the Proustian text whose standing has...
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