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RL Graduate receives the American Translators Association Student Translation Award

Delaney Swink, who completed her B.A. with departmental honors in Romance Languages in June 2017, has received the American Translators Association Student Translation Award to support her Spanish-to-English translations of feminist Chilean poet Rosa Alcayaga’s book Maldito Paraíso [Damned Paradise]. Assessing the project, the ATA judges admired Delaney’s “topic, translation style, and the potential for publication.” Besides the award itself, she receives a stipend toward attending its presentation at the ATA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in October 2017.

Delaney’s project is also supported by the Global Oregon Translation Studies Working Group Undergraduate Translation Award. Together, these will help her travel to Chile for three weeks in January 2018, where she will meet and work directly with Ms. Alcayaga on the project-in-progress. Rosa Alcayaga’s work combines literary and colloquial Spanish, and its cultural allusions range from Biblical-era patriarchs and resistant women heroes to Latin American history and current social-political issues including gender violence. Delaney’s translations render these complex meanings and key contexts in lively English. The project began in Amanda Powell’s translation seminar (RL 407/507) in winter 2017.

¡Felicidades y buena suerte, Delaney!

 

Delaney Swink, Class of 2017