Anne Carson: Translations Background

Anne Carson: Translations Background

Anne Carson is a renowned Canadian poet and scholar. After dropping out of the University of Toronto twice, she eventually earned her BA, MA, and PhD in Classics. She has taught at many popular universities within the US and Canada, such as the University of Michigan and Princeton University.

Regarding her translations, she has focused on translating Greek literature, with a focus on mythology. Some Greek classical writers include Sappho and Euripides. She has also translated An Oresteia, a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus. Specifically, this trilogy consists of three plays showcasing the fall of the house of Atreus: Aeschylus's Agamemnon, Sophocles's Electra, and Euripides's Orestes.

Her translation style consists of modernizing Greek literature with trendy colloquialisms and idioms in order to make it easier to digest. On the other hand, some have criticized this aspect of her translations because it distracts them from understanding the essence of the literature.

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