Time/date: 12:00-13:00 Friday, Jan 30 2015
Venue: Nottingham University, England
Speakers: Dr Kathryn Batchelor & Dr Catherine Gilbert
Topic: “Literary Translation, Image Building and Soft Power: Exploring 21st century Sino-African dynamics”
Dr. Batchelor is working on a project entitled “Exploring 21st Century Sino-African Dynamics through Cultural Exchange and Translation” which consists of two inter-related parts:
- Firstly, it aims to carry out a global survey of literary translation, identifying all African literature translated for China since the year 2000 and all Chinese literature made available to African audiences over the same period. It will explore the types of themes that dominate, and identify any that are consistently excluded, and will examine the ways in which the reading matter is framed for its new audiences through covers, prefaces, and blurbs.
- Secondly, the project examines the translation of other types of cultural and media products, such as films, TV programmes, performances, exhibitions and newspapers across several geographically and temporally limited spaces in both China and Africa, once again paying attention to the types of cultural products and themes that are favoured and exploring the ways in which they are ‘translated’, both literary and metaphorically, for the new audiences.
For background on translation of African literature into Chinese, see my piece Still Stuck on Things Fall Apart?