Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation


If you have an interest in Comparative Criticism and Translation Studies, come along to our friendly discussion group, convened by graduate students and early career academics working on literature and theory across national, linguistic, historical, and disciplinary boundaries. Current conveners are Mariachiara Leteo and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh from the English Faculty.

If you'd like to join our mailing list, please send a blank email to occt-discussiongroup-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk. If you have any questions, please email Mariachiara: mariachiara.leteo@lincoln.ox.ac.uk. We welcome suggestions for texts and topics for discussion. If you have ideas, or you'd like to get involved, please do let us know.

In Michaelmas Term 2018, our discussion group will examine English translations of texts belonging to literatures which have often been deemed 'minor' (after Deleuze and Guattari) and/or underrepresented in mainstream (Western) academia. Each session will be facilitated by a specialist of the source language who will select and discuss a text in translation – be it poetry or prose – exploring the process of the 'original' text's migration into a new linguistic, cultural and socio-political space. After a brief introduction to the specificities of the selected language, a roundtable discussion will enable us to collectively interrogate, above all: what are the most significant aspects and dynamics that a literary translation can, could or should aim to convey and/or conceal?

The discussion group is open to everyone who is interested in these topics. No knowledge of languages other than English or familiarity with translation studies is required to participate, and there will be no preparatory readings circulated in advance. We will meet on Mondays of even weeks (week 2: 15 October, week 4: 29 October, week 6: 12 November, week 8: 26 November) at 12:45pm-2pm, in Seminar Room 10 in the New Library at St Anne'sCollege, over sandwiches, fruit and coffee.


Comparative Criticism and Translation

Contact name: Dr Eleni Philippou
Contact email: comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk
Audience: Open to all