Armenian Papers: fact, fiction and translation in the Monastery of San Lazzaro | University of Oxford

Armenian Papers: fact, fiction and translation in the Monastery of San Lazzaro

Dr Dennis Duncan
13:00 - 13:45
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG

Lecture Theatre (access via Blackwell Hall)

Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Recommended

The Armenian Monastery of San Lazzaro, in the lagoon of Venice, has been a centre for translation since the late eighteenth century. It was only natural, therefore, that it should provide the setting for Harry Mathews's Armenian Papers, a set of English poems based on a medieval Armenian manuscript, stolen from the monastery.

This talk considers the poems and their backstory - how much is true and how much is invention? - and what they have to tell us about the possibilities of translation.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.