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EN971 - Literary Translation & Creative (Re)Writing in a Global Context

  • Module code: EN971
  • Module name: Literary Translation & Creative (Re)Writing in a Global Context
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is a workshop in which students will produce translations of already translated and canonical texts – classical and modern – and experiment with translational norms and forms. The workshop will be framed by discussion prompted by theoretical readings that will aid students in the critical assessment of their own translational practice. The course will focus on literary translation as creative (re-)writing in two respects: we will first consider why we translate and re-translate, exploring why individual translators and cultures as a whole undertake (re-)translations, how (re-)translation can contribute to the “afterlife” of a text, and how translation can be harnessed by the translator for the expression of his or her creative voice. Secondly, we will look at experimentation in translation, examining the boundary between translation and creative writing, and investigating the relationship between constraint and creativity.

Principal learning outcomes

The development of practical literary translation skills, including editorial skills; the ability to establish a conceptual and practical framework for the production of literary translations; an appreciation of the purpose and value of re-translation, experimentation in translation, and a critical understanding of the relationship between literary translation and creative writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

3 hour weekly workshop

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN971-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN971-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN971-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN971-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • in World Literature (Q2PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught English Literature (Q3P1) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2