Laëtitia Saint-Loubert, PhD student
PhD Student in Hispanic Studies/Caribbean Studies (YPCCS)
Part-time teaching assistant in French Studies
Email: l dot saint-loubert at warwick dot ac dot uk Humanities Building, University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
AboutAfter completing a BA in Modern Languages (English and German), I decided to turn to translation, focusing initially on conference interpreting (Institut de Traducteurs et d'Interprètes, Strasbourg, France), before I realized that my true passion lay in literary translation, which then led me to complete two MAs in Literary Translation (Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France).
An early immersion in the United States (AFS exchange student) gave me the travel bug and paved the way for a series of experiences abroad that have been enriching on many levels and have encouraged me to live "in translation". I have since been teaching modern languages, mostly French and English, in Europe and overseas, in the hope to share my love of foreign languages and, in turn, learn from intercultural and multilingual encounters.
Indian ocean literature (with a particular interest in the Mascarene islands)
Diasporic writers & migration literature
Translation theory, particularly postcolonial translation theory
My research focuses on the translation of Caribbean literature written by Anglophone, Hispanophone and Francophone authors. It stems from the actual experience of literary translation and draws on the notion of liminality, which, I believe, offers a multi-faceted perspective on Caribbean literature, as well as on translational strategies. My work wishes to rehabilitate paratextual practices when translating Caribbean literature and investigates the so-called "margins" of the text as powerful contact zones.
It also focuses on the circulation and translatability of Caribbean literature both outside and within the confines of the region. A five-month research project in Puerto Rico, for which I received an additional research grant from the YPCCS, allowed me to investigate more specifically models of alternative, pan-Caribbean publishing initiatives (internship at Isla Negra Editores, San Juan, PR).
Talks and conference papersPoster presentation, "World Literature and Untranslatability", 21 November 2014, University of East Anglia.
- guide and audio books, Canton of Mézin: Gascon country (Editions Fragile, 2008);
- translations and adaptations for Planète Chinois (Réseau Canopé, 2013 - present);
- translation review for Thor Polson’s translation of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist and other stories, Guernica Editions, 2014);
- contributions (translation, proofreading) for the Carribean Studies journal (Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, UPR-RP, Puerto Rico, November 2016 - present);
- translation of 'A Little Fire of No Consequence', by Gisèle Pineau, Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture: Vol. 2 , Article 5, accessible online here
- subtitling (into English) of 'Poétique du Divers: Edouard Glissant', film documentary by Guillaume Robillard (Golda Production, December 2017)
- "Ananda Devi, traductrice bravant le kala pani", Mosaïques, hors-série (3), Université de Maroua, décembre 2015
- "(Ré)écritures bifocales : trans-lations et trans-fusions portoricaines dans les autotraductions de Rosario Ferré et Esmeralda Santiago", Presses de Paris Ouest, to be published
- “Francopolyphonies in translation”, Francosphères 5.2., Liverpool University Press, 2016, accessible online here
- "Publishing against the tide: Isla Negra Editores, an example of pan-Caribbean transL/National solidarity", Mutatis Mutandis: La traducción literaria en el Gran Caribe, 10, 1 (2017), pp. 46-69, accessible here
- Masters 2 Professionnels "Métiers de la traduction littéraire" - English and German (Université Bordeaux III, Michel de Montaigne, 2007 & 2008)
- D.U. FLES (Université Bordeaux III, Michel de Montaigne, 2008)
- CAPES externe anglais (2011)
- Agrégation externe anglais (2014)
Committee member (PG representative) of the Society for Caribbean Studies, 2015-2016
Panel chairing for the 40th annual SCS conference held in Newcastle
Co-organisation of the first PG conference on Caribbean In/Securities and creativity sponsored by the CARISSC network held on 23 May 2016 at the University of Birmingham
Prizes and distinctions
Best Paper Award for "Translating Caribbean localities: navigating the waters of global literary circulation and/or resisting its ebb and flow?" (Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, 2017).
David Nicholls Memorial Prize from the Society for Caribbean Studies (2017).
Drop-in Hour (Term 1)
I'm available to see students without appointment at the following times:
Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 (H4.42)
For all other times, please email for an appointment.