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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Simon West


This unit introduces students to practical and theoretical literary translation between English and Italian. Students will examine a range of translation theories and the problems concerning the translation of particular genres including poetry, prose, theatre and cinema. Some existing translations of selected Italian authors will be studied and contrasted in order to consider how the translator and his or her cultural context influence the translation itself. Students will practice and develop their own translation skills through a series of translation exercises and a translation project.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand, discuss and analyse different theoretical issues involved in literary translation.
  2. develop and express a relative understanding of the specific issues relating to particular genres.
  3. understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which the translator and his or her cultural context influences the translation.
  4. develop an ability to engage, critique and compare existing translations of particular Italian authors.
  5. develop their own translating skills


Translation project (3000 words): 70%; Seminar activities (1500 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Annamaria Pagliaro


Second year Italian sequence