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Overseas Translation Workshop Program

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    11/28/2016 to 12/04/2016
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From the 29th November to 1st December, LTI Korea (President Kim Seong-kon) held a Korean literature translation workshop at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. This workshop was particularly meaningful because it marked the first time the Overseas Translation Workshop has been held in Germany with support from LTI Korea.

Novelist Kim Soom’s short story ‘Left-Handed Woman’ was selected for translation, with ten students majoring in Korean studies preparing their translations for two months prior to the workshop under the supervision of professors Yang Hanju and Dennis Wuerthner of the Korean Studies department at Ruhr University Bochum.

During the workshop which took place for three days, Kim Soom gave a special talk entitled ‘A dove’s left wing and the left hand of the left-handed woman,’ to help the participants better understand her literary world and the story they were translating. The participating students discussed the challenges they faced when translating and had the opportunity to ask questions they encountered while translating the story. This gave the participants the opportunity to improve their translations by going through their work and reexamining aspects like the title, vocabulary, and grammar, etc., to create a highly finished and engaging piece of literature.

On the last day of the workshop the participants held a public reading at Bochum City Concert Hall where they recited their translation with Kim Soom and received a great response from the audience. The genuine concentration and quality of questions from the audience at the literary reading was a clear sign of the high level of interest in Korean literature in Germany today.

Ruhr University Bochum is home to the longest-running Korean Studies department in Germany and has consistently been running courses relating to literature and translation. This has resulted in many Ruhr University Bochum students going on to attend the LTI Korea Translation Academy and winning the LTI Korea New Translator Competition.

This translation workshop was a great opportunity to witness the interest and passion for Korean literature that students in Germany have, leading to high hopes that some of these students will develop into esteemed translators of Korean literature into German and share their works with a wide audience.

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