Translation as Cultural and Intermedia Practice (SMLM158)

15 credits

Translation is not only a linguistic transfer, but also a mode of cultural production and expression. In this module you will explore translation in the diversity of its cultural forms and intermedia practices across the globe, and conversely, how global cultures and the creative industries (cinema, theatre, music, literature and the visual arts) make use of translation as a means of communication, innovation and/or transgression. By looking at various forms of translation (rewriting, adaptation, retranslation and artistic performance), you will investigate how ideas of culture and power are established and/or challenged. You will analyse the role of translators as mediators and the strategies adopted to create cultures. Finally, you will reflect on your own agency as a producer and consumer of translation.