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Conference: The Author-Translator in the European Literary Tradition

Swansea University, 28 June - 1 July 2010

This major international conference seeks to reassess the importance of translation for European writers – both well-known and less familiar – from antiquity to the present day. It will explore why authors translate, what they translate and how they translate, as well as the links between an author’s translation work and his or her own writing. There will be almost eighty panels, on topics ranging from ‘Theories of Self-Translation’ and ‘Translation and Creativity’ to ‘Romantic Pseudo-Translation’ and ‘Translating Children’s Literature’. The conference will thus map out the phenomenon of the author-translator in Europe on a large scale for the first time.


• Keynote lectures by Susan Bassnett (Warwick), David Constantine (Oxford), Lawrence Venuti (Temple, Philadelphia)


• Plenary panel on ‘Author-Translators in Multilingual Wales’ convened by the Swansea University Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW)


• Special session with Austrian author-translator Sissi Tax, sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum


• ca. 80 panels on author-translators from Cicero to Chaucer to Czeslaw Milosz, Milan Kundera and Ciaran Carson


For full programme and registration, please see http://www.author-translator.net


Conference Organizers:

Hilary Brown and Duncan Large

Department of Modern Languages, Swansea University


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