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An Interview with Elizabeth Clark Wessel

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Uploaded on Feb 24, 2012

On February 24, 2012, Peter Connor, director of the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College, conducted an interview with Elizabeth Clark Wessel, poet, editor, and translator, from the Swedish, of the work of Anna Hallberg.

The interview highlights the Center's upcoming event, "Swedish Poetry Today," with readings and a panel discussion with Anna Hallberg, Jörgen Gassilewski, and Johannes Göransson, on Friday, April 6, 2012, at 6 p.m., in the Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall, Barnard College.

Timestamps (click on links to jump to subject):

(00:00-03:41) on meeting Hallberg; learning Swedish
(03:42-10:14) on Hallberg's "Liv" and problems of translation; the poem's title
(11:16-14:55) reading of "Liv" (in Swedish); on the poem's structure
(14:56-16:12) reading of "Liv" in the English translation
text available at www.barnard.edu/translation/swedishpoetr­y
(16:13-21:31) Hallberg's visual poetics; Swedish tradition vs. current influences; publication of Swedish experimental poetry in translation by American presses; the poetry of Aase Berg
(21:32-24:37) description of Apr. 6, 2012, event at Barnard College, to be moderated by Wessel


This event is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Free and open to the public. More information is available at www.barnard.edu/translation/swedishpoetr­y.

All images by Sara MacKey.

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