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Richard Kelly Washbourne
Kent State University (Kent, OH 44242-0001)
A Critical Translation of Miguel Angel Asturias's Leyendas de Guatemala

My proposal is to produce a first translation of 1967 Nobel laureate Miguel Angel Asturias's Leyendas de Guatemala (1930) [Legends of Guatemala], including a critical apparatus: an introduction that investigates the role of language and contextualizes the Mayan intertexts and worldview that permeate the work; a translator's introduction that details the translator's role, challenges, and decision-making; and a glossary of allusions. This work aims to fill a gap in the understanding and appreciation of the anthropological in twentieth-century Latin American fiction, while joining the important body of aesthetic works from the region imbued with a postcolonial consciousness and engaged in the project of nation-formation.

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Project fields:
Latin American Literature

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010