This volume addresses the global reception of "untranslatable" concrete poetry. Featuring contributions from an international group of literary and translation scholars and practitioners, working across a variety of languages, the book views the development of the international concrete poetry movement through the lens of "transcreation", that is, the informed, creative response to the translation of playful, enigmatic, visual texts. Contributions range in subject matter from ancient Greek and Chinese pattern poems to modernist concrete poems from the Americas, Europe and Asia. This challenging body of experimental work offers creative challenges and opportunities to literary translators and unique pleasures to the sympathetic reader. Highlighting the ways in which literary influence is mapped across languages and borders, this volume will be of interest to students and scholars of experimental poetry, translation studies and comparative literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements & Notes on Contributors
Chapter 1: Concrete Poetry, Playfulness and Translation
Chapter 2: The Origins of the Untranslatable: The Earliest Western Visual Poetry
Juliana Di Fiori Pondian
Chapter 3: Concrete Poetry in China: Form, Content, Theme and Function
Chapter 4: Writing and Translating Concrete Poetry in Chinese Characters
Chapter 5: The Structures of Chance: Transcreating Noigandres ideogramas into English
Chapter 6: Transcreation without Borders
K. David Jackson
Chapter 7: Edwin Morgan as Transcreator
Chapter 8: Constellations and ideograms: Eugen Gomringer’s multilingual concrete poetry
Chapter 9: The Intermedial Recoding of Tradition in Augusto de Campos’ intraduções
Simone Homem de Mello
Chapter 10: Concrete North America: Some Questions of Reception
Chapter 11: Mapping the International Concrete Poetry Network
Chapter 12: Metaphor and Material in Concrete Poetry
John Corbett is a CAPES International Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Sao Paulo. His numerous books and articles include Language and Scottish Literature (1997) and Written in the Language of the Scottish Nation: A History of Literary Translation into Scots (1999).
Ting Huang is a literary translator and doctoral candidate in the English Department of the University of Macau, where she took an MA in Translation Studies in the Portuguese Department and her Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese Studies. She has translated Azul Corvo, by the Brazilian novelist, Adriana Lisboa (2019).