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Literature, Travel, Translation - An Overview

LITERATURE, TRAVEL, TRANSLATION - AN OVERVIEW

An introduction to the Literature, Travel, Translation event

This symposium was organised to celebrate the many aspects of Professor Susan Bassnett's academic life and brought together many people with whom she has worked in the course of her career.


Professor Susan BassnettAt the end of 2010, Professor Susan Bassnett FRLS formally retired from the University of Warwick after a long and distinguished career. She is one of the leading figures and founding scholars in translation studies: her Translation Studies, first published in 1980, has remained consistently in print and is the world’s leading textbook on the subject.

She has published over 20 books on subjects that also include contemporary theatre, feminist thought, Shakespeare, and South American woman writers. She is also a published poet and an academic journalist. As her many PhD students will attest, she is a committed and inspiring teacher and supervisor.

Susan began her academic career in Italy and moved via the USA to Warwick, where she also served with distinction as the University’s first female Pro Vice-Chancellor and as a member of Council. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Council Member of the Academia Europaea.

Listen to the podcasts of the individual lectures below:

Professor Harish Trivedi: ‘Translating (?) ‘India’: Kipling, Forster and Rushdie’.

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Professor Vita Fortunati: ‘The seduction of elsewhere in travel and utopian literature’.

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Professor John Drakakis: ‘Universal Shakespeare’.

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Professor Edwin Gentzler: ‘The translation turn in contemporary American fiction’.

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Dr Loredana Polezzi: ‘Atlantic crossings: travel, translation and self-translation’.

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Professor Michael Cronin: ‘The perpetual ideal of astonishment – translation, local sites and global ways’.

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Professor Susan Bassnett: ‘Reflections’.

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