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Postgraduate Course: Translation and Creativity (CLLC11127)

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
SummaryThis courses will address the intersection between translation and writing, creativity in literary translation, and views of translation as enhancement of one's own oeuvre and literary system. The course is assessed by a lecture diary of 1000 words and a translation and commentary essay of 3000 words.

Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from both lecturers and peers at two different points in the course. The 'Translation and Commentary' workshop in Week 5 and the poster presentations in Week 10 will allow students to benefit from individualized comments and suggestions on practical and theoretical translation issues that they can build on and feed forward into their final assessment.
Course description Core texts, i.e. the first texts to be read, are marked with an asterisk. Reading the other texts for each week is strongly recommended for the students to be able to follow and contribute to the class discussions.

Session 1 (17/09) Creativity, writing & translation: an introduction
*Boase-Beier & Holman (1999); *Nikolaou (2006); Parks (2007); *Perteghella (2013)

Session 2 (24/09) Translation as interaction: audiences & reception
Gonzalez-Millan (1996); Guix (2008); *Rosa (2006); *Wright (2006)

Session 3 (01/10) The translator as in/visible
*Shamma (2009); Tymoczko (2000); *Venuti (1993/2010); Viera (1999)

Session 4 (08/10) Translating non-standard language use
*Federici (2011); Heaney (2000); Laviosa (2007); *Santaemilia (2008)

Session 5 (15/10) Translation & Commentary Workshop
No reading required. Students should bring a ST-TT example from their portfolio class as the basis for the formative exercises.

Session 6 (22/10) Translating prose narrative
*Bosseaux (2007); *Hermans (2009); MalmkjŠr (2004); *O┐Sullivan (2003)

Session 7 (29/10) Translating poetry
*Jones (2011); *Scott (2011); Jackson 2010

Session 8 (05/11) Translating drama
*Bassnett (1998); Bentley (1987); *Johnston (1996); Peghinelli (2012)

Session 9 (12/11) Translating Trauma
*Baccolini & Zanettin (2008); Boase-Beier (2011); *Caruth (1995); Deane-Cox (2013)

Session 10 (18 & 19/11) Student presentations
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Other Study Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 4 hours Other Study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by the following:

A 1000 word lecture diary (30%).

A translation and commentary essay comprising a 1000 word translation and 2000 word commentary (70%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
* Understanding of a wide range of creative translational strategies.
* Knowledge of a coherent critical vocabulary which can be used to describe and explain translational phenomena.
* Awareness of the diversity and interconnectedness of possible approaches to literary translation.
* Capacity to synthesise theoretical, critical and textual skills with reflective insight.
* Critical and creative thinking on one's own translation practice, as well as on those of others.
* Experience in carrying out in-depth research on literary translation.
* Experience in producing publishable-quality translations of literary texts.
Reading List
Reading List

Baccolini, Rafaella, and Federico Zanettin (2008) 'The Language of Trauma: Art Spiegelman's Maus and its Translations', in F. Zanettin (ed) Comics in Translation, Manchester: St Jerome, 99-132.

Bassnett, Susan (1998) 'Translation and Theatre', in S. Bassnett and A. Lefevere (eds) Constructing Cultures: Essays in Literary Translation, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 90-108.

Bentley, Eric (1987) 'How Translate a Play?', Thinking about the Playwright: Comments from Four Decades, Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 253-259.

Boase-Beier, Jean and Michael Holman (1999) 'Introduction', in J. Boase-Beier and M. Holman (eds) The Practices of Literary Translation: Constraints and Creativity, Manchester: St Jerome: 1-17.

Boase-Beier, Jean (2011) 'Translating Celan's Poetics of Silence', Target 23 (2): 165-177. [Available online]

Bosseaux, Charlotte (2007) 'Narrative Point of View and Translation', How Does it Feel? Point of View in Translation: The Case of Virginia Woolf into French, Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 13-26.

Deane-Cox, Sharon (2013) 'The translator as secondary witness: Mediating memory in Antelme's L'espŔce humaine' Translation Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2013.795267 [Available online]

Federici, Federico M. (2011) 'Introduction: Dialects, idiolects, sociolects: Translation problems or creative stimuli?', in F. M. Federici (ed) Translating Dialects and Languages of Minorities: Challenges and Solutions, Oxford: Peter Lang, 1-10.

Gonzalez-Millan, Xoßn (1996) 'Towards a Theory of Translation for 'Marginal' Literary Systems. The Galician Situation', in M. Coulthard and P. Odber de Baubeta (eds) The Knowledges of the Translator: From Literary Interpretation to Machine Classification. Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 279-290.

Guix, Juan Gabriel Lopez (2006) 'The translator in Aliceland: on translating Alice in Wonderland into Spanish', in S. Bassnett and P. Bush (eds) The Translator as Writer, London & New York: Continuum, 95-105.

Heaney, Seaumus (2000) 'About this translation', in Beowulf [trans. S. Heaney], London: W. W. Norton & Company: xxii-xxx. [Available online]

Hermans, Theo (2009) 'The Translator's Voice in Translated Narrative', in M. Baker (ed), Critical Readings in Translation Studies, London: Routledge, 193-212.

Jackson, K. David (2010) 'TranscriašŃo / Transcreation: The Brazilian concrete poets and translation', in H. Tonkin and M. Esposito Frank (eds) The Translator as Mediator of Cultures, Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 139-159.

Johnston, David (1996) 'Text and Ideotext: Translation and Adaptation for the Stage,' in M. Coulthard and P. A. Odber de Baubeta (eds) The Knowledges of the Translator: From Literary Interpretation to Machine Classification, Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 243-258.

Jones, Francis R (2011) 'Introduction', Poetry Translating as Expert Action. Processes, Priorities and Networks, Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1-15.

Laviosa, Sara (2007) 'Learning Creative Writing by Translating Witty Ads', The Interpreter and Translator Trainer (ITT) 1(2): 197-222.

MalmkjŠr, Kirsten (2004) 'Translational stylistics: Dulcken's translations of Hans Christian Andersen', Language and Literature 13(1): 13-24. [Available online]

Nikolaou, Paschalis (2006) 'Notes on Translating the Self', in E. Loffredo and M. Perteghella (eds) Translation and Creativity: Perspectives on Creative Writing and Translation Studies, London: Continuum, 19-32.

O'Sullivan, Emer (2003) 'Narratology meets Translation Studies, or, The Voice of the Translator in Children's Literature', META 48 (1-2): 197-207. [Available online]

Parks, Tim (2007) 'Identifying an Original', Translating Style: A Literary Approach to Translation, A Translation Approach to Literature, 2nd edition, Manchester: St. Jerome: 1-14.

Peghinelli, Andrea (2012) 'Theatre Translation as Collaboration: A Case in Point in British Contemporary Drama', Journal for Communication and Culture 2(1): 20-30. [Available online]

Perteghella, Manuela (2013) 'Translation as Creative Writing' in G. Harper (ed) A Companion to Creative Writing, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, UK. [Available online]

Rosa, Alexandra Assis (2006) 'Defining Target Text Reader: Translation Studies and Literary Theory', in J. Ferreira Duarte, A. Assis Rosa and T. Seruya (eds) Translation Studies at the Interface of Disciplines. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins: 99-109. [Available online ]

Santaemilia, JosÚ (2008) 'The Translation of Sex-Related Language: The Danger(s) of Self-Censorship(s)', TTR : traduction, terminologie, redaction 21(2): 221-252. [Available online]

Scott, Clive (2011) 'The Translation of Reading: A Phenomenological Approach', Translation Studies, 4(2): 213-229. [Available online]

Shamma, Tarek (2009) 'The Exotic Dimension of Foreignizing Strategies', Translation and the Manipulation of Difference: Arabic Literature in Nineteenth-century England, Manchester: St. Jerome: 49-85.

Tymoczko, Maria (2000) 'Translation and Political Engagement: Activism, Social Change and the Role of Translation in Geopolitical Shifts', The Translator 6(1): 23-47. [Available online]

Venuti, Lawrence (1993) 'Translation as Cultural Politics: Regimes of Domestication in English', Textual Practice 7: 208-223. [Available online] Reprinted in M. Baker (ed) (2010) Critical Readings in Translation Studies, London, New York: Routledge. 65-79.

Viera, Else Ribeiro Pires (1999) 'Liberating Calibans: Readings of Antropofagia and Haroldo de Campos' Poetics of Transcreation', in S. Bassnett and H. Trivedi (eds) Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice, London & New York: Routledge: 95-113.

Wright, Chantal (2006) ┐Faust goes pop: a translator's rereading(s)', in E. Loffredo and Manuela Perteghalla (eds.) Translation and Creativity. Perspectives on Creative Writing and Translation Studies, London: Continuum: 145-157.
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Course organiserDr Hephzibah Israel
Tel: (0131 6)50 4467
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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