Date: 9:30AM, 14 September 2017 - 1:00PM, 14 September 2017
Venue: Room 1.28, Arts One, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus, Mile End Road E1 4NS
Catalan Literature in English: Translation, Readership, and Impact
The last forty years have witnessed an unprecedented number of English translations of Catalan literature. From Joanot Martorell’s Tirant lo Blanc to Jaume Cabré’s Confessions, Catalan novels represent a commercial proposition for publishers in Britain and the USA. There are now also English versions of much Catalan poetry and several Catalan plays have made their way onto English-speaking stages.
Can this interest be attributed to the new status of Catalonia or to European fashions? How successful are these translations from a literary and linguistic perspective? What image do they propagate of Catalan identity? And what is not being translated? This conference will attempt to analyse the ways in which translations function and assess the impact of Catalan literature in English. Proposals for papers are welcomed for this meeting of translators, critics, publishers, and readers.