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Face to Face: Literary Cultures and Bilingual Books in the Digital Age

The Oak Room, Fellowship House
April 16, 2020
05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
CANCELLED | Panelists examine facing-page translation books and the challenges and advantages of this format in the digital age.

Out of an abundance of caution in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dumbarton Oaks will cancel all public events through the end of May.

In 1912 the first Greek and Latin books came into print in the Loeb Classical Library, brainchild of the German-American Jewish banker and philanthropist James Loeb. In more than a century it has burgeoned to 544 volumes. In 2001 the I Tatti Renaissance Library was inaugurated, with Renaissance Latin on the left and English on the right. In 2010 another sister series published by Harvard University Press, the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, was initiated that presents Byzantine Greek, Medieval Latin, and Old English in the same two-language format. In 2012 NYU’s Library of Arabic Literature began, in 2015 the Murty Classical Library of India and De Gruyter’s Library of Chinese Humanities. In 2014 the digital Loeb Classical Library was launched.

In a panel discussion, editors of these series discuss the evolving role of bilingual books in the digital age. What challenges and opportunities do these enterprises face from nationalism vs. globalism, open access vs. elitism, traditional book culture and AI? What can books in facing-page format contribute to linguistic and cultural justice?