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Oct. 10, 2003

IWP Writers Discuss Translation, Criticism in Oct. 22 Panel

Foreign writers participating in the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will discuss "Literary Translation/Literary Criticism" in a free panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Iowa City Public Library.

In prepared presentations and a question-and-answer session, they will consider what is lost and what is gained in moving from the vernacular to an international literary language. They will also address the language of literary criticism -- how this language varies from culture to culture, and how it shapes literature.

The writers taking part in the discussion will be Ethan W. Kim from Korea, Denisa Comanescu from Romania, Maung Swan Yi from Burma, Minae Mizumura from Japan and IWP "alumnus" Eddin Khoo from Malaysia.

The IWP is a unique residency program that brings together established writers from around the world. Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers' residency at a university, and it remains unique in world. This year, 25 writers from 21 countries are participating in the program.

Biographies of the participating writers-in-residence are available at The texts of the prepared presentations of the IWP panels will be mounted on the website.

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