Rediscovering Clarice Lispector

Katrina Dodson

Part of the Spring 2017 Bay Area Latin America Forum

March 2, 2017

Rediscovering Clarice Lispector

Event Description

The 2015 publication of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector, set off a global wave of appreciation for the Brazilian icon. Translator Katrina Dodson discusses the phenomenon of "Lispectormania" and the pleasures and challenges of translating a lifetime of stories marked by echoes of mysticism, explorations of women's everyday lives, and Lispector’s often-puzzling use of Portuguese.


Katrina Dodson is the translator of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector, for which she was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.