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This thesis is a project inspired by the work of Emmanuel Dongala, Professor Emeritus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Throughout the year, I worked intimately with his collection of short stories, Jazz et vin de palme, in order to produce a meaningful French to English translation. After its publication in 1982, the book was subsequently banned by the official Censorship Commission in Brazzaville, Congo; however, it was still widely read by politicians and citizens alike. A translation of the full collection of eight stories has never before been published. The setting of the stories ranges from Pointe-Noire to New York City, and together they open a critique of Congolese governments, post-colonial humanitarian initiatives, and artistic censorship, among many prominent themes. With the translation, I also include reflections on both the work as a piece of literature and as a mechanism that inspires greater conversation about theories of translation. In these discussions, I engage with scholars such as Emily Apter, Walter Benjamin, Barbara Godard, and Jacques Rancière in hopes of forming another connection with the original text and imagining the future of translation.
Benitez, Marisa, "Vers(us) Translation: Emmanuel Dongala’s Jazz and Palm Wine" (2015). Senior Theses. 941.