Celebrating Women in Translation Month: New Translations by Women from around the Globe, by Kayla E. Ciardi

Lit Lists Kayla E. Ciardi For WLT’s November 2016 issue, author and translator Alison Anderson explores and explains in her essay “Of Gatekeepers and Bedtime Stories: The Ongoing Struggle to Make Women’s Voices Heard”—in an issue devoted exclusively to women writers—the necessity of actively highlighting the achievements and voices of women writers, particularly in special magazine issues, anthologies, or literary prizes. While works by women have slowly solidified their place in the canon, and while women writers seem to saturate the shelves of recent contemporary literature, there is a significant absence of published works by women in translation. It’s critical to keep in mind that any celebration of advances made for women’s voices is premature if those voices are not diverse and far-reaching. In her essay, Anderson reveals the statistics of an informal tally she completed in 2013 on works published in translation. Her findings: of authors represented in translation, around 26 percent were women. How are we doing six years later? According to the data available in the Open Letter Translation Database, women writers make up roughly 38 percent of 2019 published translations distributed through traditional means in the US (so far). Progress has been made, but equality has yet to be reached. With such a low (but climbing) percentage, visibility for these limited works is vital, especially if these percentages are to keep... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

[ World Literature Today | 2019-08-15 14:12:27 UTC ]
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