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Kohler students to attend talk from world-renowned Spanish translator

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Some students from Kohler will join a thousand other high school students from around the state to hear from distinguished academic and world-renowned Spanish translator Suzanne Jill Levine at UW-Madison on March 9. The program is hosted by UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities.

Levine will explore her enthralling friendship with the Argentine writer Manuel Puig, her translation of his novels, and the craft of literary translation, according to a release . Earlier in the day, Levine will speak with a thousand Wisconsin high school students who read Puig’s novel Kiss of the Spider Woman through Great World Texts, a world literature program from the Center for the Humanities.

Suzanne Jill Levine is a leading translator of Latin American literature and professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she directs a Translation Studies doctoral program. Her scholarly and critical works include her award-winning literary biography Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman (FSG & Faber& Faber, 2000) and her groundbreaking book on the poetics of translation, The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction (published in 1991 and reissued this year by Dalkey Archive Press, along with her classic translations of novels by Manuel Puig).

The Great World Texts in Wisconsin program reaches thousands of students and teachers in dozens of school districts throughout the state of Wisconsin. Drawing from world literature throughout the ages, the program’s selection of texts reflects a capacious understanding of the idea of the “literary classic.” In previous years, faculty, teachers and students have collaborated on texts associated with 16th century China, ancient Greece, and contemporary India. Each year, participating students read and discuss one such work in their classrooms and create projects which connect the book to their own interests.

Suzanne Jill Levine will make an impressive addition to the Great World Text’s alumni speakers, which already includes Margaret Atwood, Arundhati Roy, and Orhan Pamuk.

Further information about Great World Texts in Wisconsin or the Center for the Humanities can be found online at

Applications for next year’s Great World Texts program will open in April, 2020.

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