SML8004 : Literary Translation

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


For students to gain all-round awareness of the theory and practice of literary translation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Key issues in literary translation
Translating poetry and song
Understanding and translating classic poetry
Translating drama
Translating film
Translating prose: short stories and novels
Text structures; regionalism, archaism and individual style
Cognitive pragmatics and literary translation
Translating historical literature; translating “classics”

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide theoretical input and strategic advice, and groupwork tasks during lectures enable discussion of issues raised. Workshops enable students to confront the practical issues involved in translating literature; to develop theoretical and evaluatory skills and insights by sharing experiences, strategies and solutions with peers; to engage in peer evaluation; and to develop a range of key skills (interpersonal communication, problem solving, etc.).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance2MLecturer and Peer Feedback on translation strategies during workshops
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A key attribute of literary translators or other literary translation experts is a critical awareness of the processes, strategies and wider issues involved in producing real literary text. The assignment also evaluates a range of key skills, such as written communication, planning & organising, initiative, and problem-solving.

Reading Lists