Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Specialized translation (cod. 9174)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Specialized translation (cod. 9174)

Learning outcomes

The student knows the principles of language service provision in the field of translation of literary texts belonging to different genres and in different language combinations; s/he is able to implement the main language service provision standards in professional settings.

Course contents

The course will aim to present some fundamental aspects of literary translation, regardless of the peculiarities of individual national publishing markets. The aspects that will be addressed are (by way of example):

- The choice of texts to be translated; What is translated and what is not translated; analysis of some salient cases of non-translation;

- The scouting work of the texts to be translated;

- The choice of the translator;

- How to draft and develop a translation project;

- The subsidies for literary translation;

- The revision phase;

- The role of literary agencies; 

- The role of translator networks in the profession.

During the course, representatives from the publishing world and translators who already work in the field of literary translation will be invited.

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The following texts are indicative, but further critical literature will be provided during the course:

- Susanna Basso, Sul tradurre: esperienze e divagazioni militanti, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2010.

- Ilide Carmignani, Gli autori invisibili: incontri sulla traduzione letteraria, Besa Muci, 2020.

- Sandro Ferri, I ferri dell'editore, Roma, e/o, 2011.

Teaching methods

The course will be workshop-based. It will alternate between lecturers from the Department and experts from the publishing world as well as professional translators.

Assessment methods

The final examination will consist of a case-study that may be, at the student's choice

- the drafting of a reading sheet;

- the proposal to revise an extract of an already published translation;

- the proposal of a translation project to be linked to an Italian publishing house that could take it on.

Further information will be provided during the course.

Evaluation grid

30-30L excellent test that demonstrates very broad, thorough and in-depth knowledge of the translating process, a solid ability to apply theoretical concepts;

27-29 above average test that demonstrates precise and thorough knowledge of the subject matter, good ability to apply theoretical concepts, and capacity for analysis and synthesis, accurate and correct exposition

24-26 good test that demonstrates appropriate knowledge of the subject matter, a fair understanding of the application of theoretical concepts, and an articulate presentation of the subject matter

21-23 adequate test that demonstrates appropriate but not in-depth knowledge of the subject, only partial capacity to apply theoretical concepts, and an acceptable presentation of the content

18-20 barely sufficient test that demonstrates adequate but general knowledge of the subject matter, simple exposition, uncertainties in the application of theoretical concepts

Insufficient test that does not demonstrate adequate acquisition of knowledge of the subject matter that is fragmentary and superficial, with errors in the application of concepts, and poor exposition

Teaching tools

Computer with projector and Internet access

Office hours

See the website of Chiara Elefante