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Sarah H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Comparative literature, French literature, poetry, translation theory and practice, creative writing, reading, literary analysis, pedagogy

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Poetry Inside Out: Translating Poetry Across Cultures

Are you interested in widening your horizons by reading poetry from a wide variety of cultures and perspectives? Do you want to develop your literary analysis and translation skills? This project involves getting stuck into the close reading of poems in many languages, and translating them into English step by step and with great attention to detail. It allows for a reflection on the non-equivalence between different languages, on the varying contexts in which poems were written, and the many creative ways to render poetic form and signification in English. This project draws on resources from the multilingual literacy program, Poetry Inside Out, based in San Francisco. Each poem comes with a translator's dictionary, and so there is no need to understand the language of the original. Throughout the time together, we would read translation theory to think about the goals and challenges of poetry moving between cultures and languages. We would then read and translate a range of poems together, and reflect on the many translation options and the effect of the new poem created in translation. For the final project, you would be guided through the development of a mini poetry in translation anthology for potential publication. Alternatively, you could produce a reflective essay on the importance and challenges of translating poetry between cultures. I would love your input and can adapt the content to your interests!

Fantastic Texts and How to Read Them: Analyzing the Literary Supernatural

Do you want to develop your literary analysis skills while reading about vampires, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night? In this project we read a variety of poems, short stories and tales and novel excerpts from medieval to modern times that portray the supernatural in a variety of fascinating and spooky ways. We will ask questions such as: what literary techniques make the reader suspend disbelief? How does the author create an atmosphere of fear? How do specific genres portray supernatural creatures and events compared to others? What is it that makes this theme that means it has stood the test of time? Throughout this project, we will focus on different genres and literary moments each week in relation to specific discussion questions. We will work together to develop a final project linked to your interests, which could be either a creative writing project inspired by the topic and texts, or an paper analyzing one or more of our readings. I would love your input and can adapt the content to your interests!

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