This course starts with a literal meaning of the word translate--"to carry across"--and then explores literature that moves across language, culture, and genre as it produces meaning. Case studies focus on plays that stage a collision of cultures between groups of people who speak different languages and novels that feature translators as central characters. The course culminates with the investigation of movement of a single story or character across genres: from short story, to stage play, to film, for instance. The course considers different disciplinary perspectives on translation and/as adaptation and focuses throughout on critical reading and thinking and the development of academic writing and argumentation. Affiliate department: Theatre Arts.