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Postgraduate Course: Portfolio of Literary Translation Exercises 2 (CLLC11123)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents will be supervised in producing practical literary translation and creative writing exercises. The 10 hours of literary workshops will be held in 5 sessions (of 2 hours each) in each semester on alternate Thursdays. These workshops are run by a range of practising literary translators both from within the university and from outside. Each literary workshop will focus on a particular genre of literary text and will run in English, as all students on the programme will be taking these workshops together. Students are expected to write creatively and translate at these workshops and are often given a topic in advance to prepare. These pieces of writing and translating will not be formally assessed but will get feedback from the translator running the workshop and comments from other students in class.

The classes with the Portfolio tutors will take the native tongue of the students into consideration while deciding on the direction of translation; however, the translation direction generally remains at the discretion of the tutor. The most common practice is to receive training in both directions, but this depends on staff availability. Texts are selected for translation by mutual agreeement between the student and the portfolio tutor; however, there will be prior focus on certain genres.
Course description Week 1:
2-hour workshop: Creative non-fiction (e.g. personal essays, memoir, travel writing, food writing, biography, literary journalism) - TBC
Portfolio language classes: Creative non-fiction

Week 2:
Portfolio language classes: Creative non-fiction

Week 3:
2-hour workshop: Popular fiction: translating crime fiction - Kari Dickson
Portfolio language classes: Crime fiction

Week 4:
Portfolio language classes: Crime fiction

Week 5:
2-hour workshop: Popular fiction: translating children's literature - Guy Puzey
Portfolio language classes: Children's literature

Week 6:
Portfolio language classes: Children's literature

Week 7:
2-hour workshop: Poetry - Adele David
Portfolio language classes: Poetry

Week 8:
Portfolio language classes: Poetry

Week 9:
2-hour workshop: Drama - Ksenija Horvat
Portfolio language classes: Drama

Week 10:
Portfolio language classes: Drama
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
- Understanding the differences between translating into and writing in one's own language.
- Understanding of a wide range of creative translational strategies.
- Improved translational and literary expertise.
- Understanding the challenges and demands of different literary genres in the language pairs.
- Critical and creative thinking on one's own translation practice, as well as on those of others.
- Experience in producing publishable-quality translations of literary texts.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information As additional work out with the formal contact hours and as part of the directed independent study element, students will be required to complete the equivalent of 1 x 500 word of formative translation exercises fortnightly, and 1 x 500 word of creative writing exercises fortnightly (altogether 5,000 words), which will not be formally marked, but will be looked at in detail, with oral feedback both from peers and the tutor, during the contact hours.
Course organiserDr Charlotte Bosseaux
Tel: (0131 6)51 3735
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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