books at the center

Please join us on Thursday, January 12th at five o’clock for the Center for the Study of the Novel’s first book launch event of the year. CSN is delighted to welcome Rebecca Walkowitz, Professor of English at Rutgers University, to celebrate her most recent book, Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in the Age of World Literature (Columbia UP, 2015).


Born Translated considers for the first time how the idea of world literature, as a network of multilingual editions and audiences, has changed the aesthetic strategies and formal dimensions of contemporary writing. Walkowitz identifies and traces the formal, thematic, and institutional features of translation-born novels. She also shows how the emergence of novels designed for translation tests critical practices and frameworks such as reading in translation, the relationship between novels and political communities, the idea of originals and copies, multilingualism, the concept of the work, and the “native” reader or audience.


Michaela Bronstein (Stanford, English) and Dora Zhang (UC Berkeley, Comp Lit and English) will serve as respondents to Professor Walkowitz.


The event will take place in the Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460.
This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!