Marysol Fernandez Harvey

Marysol Fernandez Harvey
2020-2021 UNDERGRADUATE FELLOW

Biography

Marysol Fernandez ’21 is an undergraduate double-concentrating in Comparative Literature and Economics. Her senior thesis will be within the Translation Track in the Department of Comparative Literature for which she is interested in exploring translation as a metaphor for a larger politics of exchange. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she focuses on the implication of translation and exchange within a colonial context. She will explore the interaction between American and Puerto Rican literatures to inform a rigorous study of the persisting colonial relationship, nuanced in ways inaccessible to a solely political, economic, or historical analysis. The study will address the role of language, literature, and exchange in the building and narrating of ‘the nation,’ and the ways that these are perverted by systems of colonial exploitation. Her thesis will involve both a substantial work of translation from Spanish to English of a contemporary Puerto Rican author and a critical introduction outlining her theories on radically anti-colonial modes of translation. She is drawn towards an interdisciplinary approach to this study that invokes translation studies in a project grounded in the lived experience of the colonized nation and founded on a dedication to the struggle for the liberation of all peoples.