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SN3002 Advanced Literary Translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish

Teaching Terms: 1 & 2

Convenor: Abigail Lee Six

Tutors: Alba Chaparro (T1), Abigail Lee Six (T2) 

Assessment: Best two of four pieces of coursework (20%); Examination (80%).


This course is designed to sensitize students to key ideas relating to literary translation at advanced level. It will improve comprehension and production of written Spanish and English, and develop students’ translation skills beyond everyday registers. Term 1 will cover English to Spanish translation and Term 2 will be for Spanish to English, with classes being interactive and practical and in most weeks a passage to prepare. Students have the option of submitting any or all of their work if they would like written feedback. The Spanish to English half of the course is divided between practical translation of passages from Spanish literature and commentary work on professional translations of Spanish poetry.

Key Bibliography

Access to good monolingual dictionaries of English and Spanish; reference grammars for either or both languages, depending on which is the student’s mother tongue.

The Collins or Oxford Spanish-English dictionary are trustworthy.

*Moliner, María, Diccionario de uso del español, (1988) is an indispensable monolingual dictionary. Students do not have to purchase their own copy but must check it when preparing all their work (available in the library).

John Butt and Carmen Benjamín (2011), A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (Hodder Education).ISBN 978-1-444-13769-9 

Other useful bibliography:

Baker, Mona (1992), In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation (London: Routledge).

Eco, Umberto (2004), Mouse or Rat: Translation as Negotiation (London: Weidenfield & Nicholson).

Hervey, Sandor & Louise M. Haywood (1995), Thinking Spanish Translation (London: Routledge)

Newmark, Peter (1995), A Textbook of Translation (Hemel Hempstead: Phoenix).

Steiner, George (1998), After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Venuti, Lawrence (1995), The Translator’s Invisibility (London: Routledge).



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