Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Translation & Linguistics Research Group: Francis Jones (Reader in Translation Studies at Newcastle University) 'Hero or hub? The dedicated expert poetry translator'
James S. Holmes (1924–1986) was one of the 20th century’s leading Dutch-English poetry translators and poetry-translation editors. This talk examines Holmes’s output and collaboration with poets, other translators and editors from a network viewpoint.
More generally, I argue that “dedicated literary-translation experts” like Holmes act as key intercultural ambassadors for two reasons. The first is being a hero. They have a large translation output. The second is being a hub. They take part in –and create – large working networks with other literary players: source writers, translators and editors.
Francis Jones is Reader in Translation Studies at Newcastle University: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/staff/profile/francis.jones. He lectures on translating and interpreting MA programmes, and researches poetry translation. He is also a widely-published and prizewinning poetry translator from Dutch, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and other languages.
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