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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

James Thomas


PhD Student in Catalan Studies



MA in Translation (University of Exeter) M.Phil in French and Occitan Studies (University of Bristol) My doctoral thesis will examine translation as a practice and mechanism for the reception of Catalan culture in Britain, Ireland and North America during the nineteenth century. This project is being funded by the Balearic Islands Doctoral Studentship in Catalan Studies (2020-2023) in partnership with the Institut Ramon Llull. 


Research Interests:

19-century Catalan literature, medieval Catalan literature, Occitan literature (medieval and modern), translation history, translation theory and practice, visual culture, travel writing, romance philology, sociolinguistics, French literature, Dante Studies, music, dialogism, history of costume and 1960s subcultures. 


Translations and Editorial Work

 From Catalan

 Music and Medieval Liturgy in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, trans. of ed. Maria Incoronata Colantuono, Música i litúrgia medieval a la Biblioteca de Catalunya (s. IX-XIII), Escrits i memòria 3, Generalitat de Catalunya (forthcoming) 

 The Catalan Chronicles, trans. of ed. Tània Alaix i Gimbert, Les cròniques catalanes, Escrits i memòria 1, Generalitat de Catalunya (forthcoming) 

 Mistral in Catalonia, trans. of eds. Antoni Rossell and Hélène Rufat, Mistral a Catalunya, Escrits i memòria 6, Generalitat de Catalunya, 2020 

 The Ear of Eternity/L’orella de l’eternitatPoems in Catalan by Xavier Panadès i Blas (translations with the author), Francis Boutle Publishers, 2019 

 Strappo, trans. of Martí Gironell, Strappo, Agència Catalana de Turisme, 2019 

 Ramon Llull in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, trans. of ed. Joan Santanach, Ramon Llull a la Biblioteca de Catalunya, Escrits i memòria 2, Generalitat de Catalunya, 2018 

 The Troubadours to Ausiàs March: Heritage of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, trans. of ed. Anna Alberni, Dels trobadors a Ausiàs March: el patrimoni de la Biblioteca de Catalunya, Escrits i memòria 4, Generalitat de Catalunya, 2018 

 Various prose extracts (incl. by Maria Barbal, Ada Castells, Joana Raspall, Carme Riera and Antònia Vicens) in Women Writers in Catalan, Raig Verd Editorial, Barcelona, June 2017 


From Occitan

Time to Split (trans. of Sèrgi Javaloyès, L’òra de partir, Escòla Gaston Febus, 1997), Francis Boutle Publishers, forthcoming; PEN TRANSLATES AWARD 

The November Boy (trans. of Bernat Manciet, Lo gojat de novème, 1964), Francis Boutle Publishers, 2017; PEN TRANSLATES AWARD 

Grains of Gold, an Anthology of Occitan Literature, Francis Boutle Publishers, 2015  PEN TRANSLATES AWARD & PREMIO OSTANA, TLS REVIEW 

Solstice and Other Poems: Poems in Occitan by Aurélia Lassaque, Francis Boutle Publishers, 2012 (TLS review and ‘Poem of the Week’, The Guardian, 2013) 


Scholarly Publications

Book review of Vicente Lledó-Guillem's The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) in Hispanic Research Journal: Iberian and Latin American Studies, Volume 20, 2019 - Issue 3 

‘Dante, the Félibrige and the 1890 Exposizione Beatrice in Florence’, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication, 2015 

‘Fabre D’Olivet’s Le Troubadour and the Textuality of Pseudo-translation’, in eds. J. Boase-Beier, A. Fawcett, P. Wilson, Literary Translation: Redrawing the Boundaries, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014 

 ‘Dante and the Provençal Renaissance, 1800-1860’, in eds. R. Goulbourne, C. Honess, M. Treherne, Dante in France, special issue of La Parola del testo, Pisa: Fabrizio Serra, 2013 

‘Dante and Fabre d’Olivet: the Construction of an Occitan Chant Royal’, in eds. A. Audeh and N. Havely, Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity and AppropriationOxford University Press, 2012 

‘The Narrative Element in Victor Gelu’s chansons provençales’, in La Cuestione romantica, University of Parma, 2010 

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