Letter From the Editors Issue Three

The editorial board is happy to present the third issue of Canon Translation Review. Generating and maintaining an undergraduate translation journal is no easy task. Translation remains a niche undiscovered by most undergraduate students, and as a result, our journal was on hiatus last year following graduation of its founding leadership. During that time, a new editorial board came together to pursue a fresh creative vision, and we are excited to proclaim that the efforts of dedicated comparative literature undergraduate students at Michigan have made possible a third issue, and hopefully many more to come.

Canon’s mission is to provide a publishing outlet through which undergraduate work can be made showcased. We seek to create a shared space that celebrates and exhibits translation, and enables the minority of students with translation interests to build a community. In this issue, we have endeavored to select pieces that exhibit the range and diversity of languages and literatures with which undergraduates work at the University of Michigan. Our hope is that this survey of undergraduate work serves to encourage future growth and foster student interest in translation theory and practice.

The coming issue presents creative work that spans national and linguistic borders as well as subsuming numerous approaches to the act of translation. To give a brief introduction to the issue’s diversity of themes: Julia Bogen tailors the revolutionary poetry of Federico García Lorca to a modern American Context; Rona Beresh takes us across the Mediterranean with a translation of Sami Berdugo, who engages with the ambivalence of past and present in Israeli society; Ana Guay reimagines the emotions of Hektor and Andromache in a rendering of their famous parting in Homer’s Iliad. These three translators supply an enticing foretaste of an issue that includes work from 19th century France, the romantic poetry of Khalil Gibran, a sampling of Abraham Sutzkever’s Yiddish verse, and short stories of Juan José Millás.

We invite you to be transported by these pieces that circle the Mediterranean.

Rona Beresh & John Foster
November 2014

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