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Arts & Humanities Research Council
British Academy

Translators’ Coven: Fresh Approaches to Literary Translation from Russian

Start: Jun 15, 2013 10:00 AM
End: Jun 16, 2013 05:00 PM

Location: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College, Oxford

A two-day workshop. Convenors: Oliver Ready and Robert Chandler: oliver.ready@sant.ox.ac.uk

Read the Conference Report


All sessions held in the Nissan Lecture Theatre (download programme as pdf).

Saturday 15 June

10:00 Welcome

10:10-11:45: Translating the classics – Poetry

Speakers: Peter France (Golden Age), Alexandra Berlina (Brodsky), Anatoly Liberman (on the translator’s freedom), Antony Wood (Pushkin’s lyric poetry). Chair: Andrew Kahn

12:10-13:25: Retranslating the classics – Prose

Speakers: Stephen Pearl (Oblomov), Rosamund Bartlett (Anna Karenina), Oliver Ready (Crime and Punishment). Chair: Alexandra Borisenko

Lunch 13:30-14:30

14:30-15:30: Censorship, intertextuality and political context in the translation of twentieth-century poetry

A roundtable discussion with Alexandra Smith, Emily Lygo, Katharine Hodgson. Chair: Victor Sonkin

15:45-17:00: Experiences of collaborative translation

Speakers: Anne Fisher, Irina Mashinski, Boris Dralyuk. Chair: Robert Chandler

17:15-18:45: What needs to be translated and why: quality, quantity, and who decides?

A roundtable discussion with the publishers Alessandro Gallenzi (Alma), Natasha Perova (Glas), Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). Chair: Lisa Hayden

Sunday 16 June

9:00-10:30: The theory and practice of literary translation – separate disciplines?

Speakers: Svetlana Skomorokhova, Katherine Young, Robert Chandler. Chair: Chris Tauchen

10:45-12:00: Varieties of modernism

James Womack (on Mayakovsky’s prose), Rebecca Gould (on Dzhakho Gatuev), Chris Tauchen (on Nikolai Kononov). Chair: Catriona Kelly

12:15-13:30: Translating dialogue in drama

Alan Shaw (on translating classic Russian verse drama for performance), Lisa Hayden (on particles, ‘parasites’ and exclamations), Noah Birksted-Breen (on translating Grandchildren by Mikhail Kaluzhsky and Alexandra Polivanova). Chair: Sasha Dugdale

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30: Translating Julian Barnes and Peter Ackroyd into Russian

Alexandra Borisenko and Victor Sonkin (on Flaubert’s Parrot), Anna Aslanyan (on Ackroyd). Chair: Anne Fisher

15:30-16:30: Translation and technology: A Collective Discussion.

Chair: Oliver Ready

16:45: Closing words.

This was an event in the Russkiy Mir Programme at St Antony’s College. The workshop was supported by CEELBAS, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.

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