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Title: "His-Panic": Latin-American Poetry in Translation.
Name(s): Ruiz, Daniel, author
Department of English
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Though I learned it first, I no longer speak Spanish fluently. Wishing to reconnect myself to my language and my culture—my own interests also piqued by the romantic sound of the language and the sheer brilliance and precision of the Spanish-language poets I had read—I returned to the language through poetry translation in an attempt to morph what had become unfamiliar (Spanish) into the language with which I have become most familiar (English). The purpose of this presentation is to give insight into processes—of writing, rewriting, translating poems from Spanish to English, and learning to confront and accept the unfamiliar. Over the summer, I traveled to Uruguay and Argentina, where I was forced to speak Spanish only, where even my limited Puerto Rican Spanish was foreign to the European-influenced Spanish of South America. Living in Tallahassee before and after my trip, I worked to improve my Spanish and focused my reading on poets from Latin-American countries and on the notable essays and books on translation that are considered paramount in the field. My period of focus is the twentieth century, and while English-language poets were writing about "The Everyday", their Latin-American counterparts, while still, as Emerson says, embracing "the common," often focused on the big issues of Life, Death, Time, and especially Love. My goal is this: I wish to relay the experience of working in two languages instead of one, and to show how the discourse between languages altered my writing and the way I think about language.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0004 (IID)
Subject(s): Creative writing
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

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