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BA Russian Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Russian Translation: Theory and practice

Unit code RUSS30442
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Russian & E. European Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Russian-to-English translation. It introduces key theoretical approaches to interlinguistic translation, with a particular focus on contemporary theories; it identifies key linguistic and cultural issues that are particularly relevant for translation from Russian into English; and it helps students to practice and develop both their own translation skills and their skills at critical analysis and assessment of approaches to translation, multiple translations of individual texts, and specific translation choices. Weekly lectures cover issues of theory and genre; seminars provide the opportunity to discuss these issues in detail and to compare different translations of individual works; and translation practicums provide the opportunity to discuss weekly translation portfolio assignments and engage in further translation work (e.g. of unseen text excerpts similar to the translation portfolio assignments).

 

Pre/co-requisites

Advanced knowledge of Russian is required.

Successful completion of residence abroad in Russia or permission of course leader

Co-requisite units: RUSS51050: Advanced Russian Language Skills or permission of course leader

Aims

• To introduce key theories of and approaches to interlinguistic translation and discuss the impact that these theories and approaches have on translating and on translations

• To introduce and discuss key linguistic and cultural issues that impact on translation from Russian into English

• To analyse and critically assess multiple different translations of particular works

• To help students develop high-level skills in translating texts from four specific genres (journalism, commercial/advertising texts, scholarly texts, literary texts) from Russian into English

 

Learning outcomes

 

 

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Understand key theories of and approaches to translation and the impact that these have on translating and translations
  • Evaluate different approaches to translation
  • Understand the significance of specific linguistic and cultural differences for Russian-to-English translation
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding of nuances of the Russian language
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills in translating from Russian to English

Intellectual skills

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

  • Understand and apply key theories of translation to the analysis of English translations of Russian texts
  • Compare and critically assess different translations of the same text
  • Argue knowledgeably for or against specific translation choices

Practical skills

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

  • Employ relevant terms, concepts and strategies that are essential to translation
  • Identify and understand the significance of linguistic and cultural differences on translation
  • Translate complex Russian texts representing a range of genres into accurate and stylistically appropriate English
  • Develop a portfolio of translation work for professional development and employability

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Work in a team, within the framework of the translation practicum, to develop and apply strategies for translating complex texts
  • Work in a team to produce an annotated group translation wiki
  • Work individually to produce a translation of a complex text and accompanying commentary
  • Develop skills for critical self-assessment of translation practices

Assessment methods

Translation portfolio Formative
In-class test 30%
Translation and commentary 70%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Global oral feedback in class on weekly translation portfolio assignments

 

Individual written feedback on In-Class Test

 

Individual written feedback on Translation and Commentary

 

Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)

 

 

Recommended reading

  1. Andrews, Edna and Elena Maksimova, Russian Translation: Theory and Practice (London: Routledge, 2009)
  2. Baker, Mona and Gabriela Saldanha, eds., Routledge Encyclopaedia of Translation Studies (London: Routledge, 2009)
  3. Munday, Jeremy, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications (London: Routledge, 2012)
  4. Strelkova, Natalia, Introduction to Russian-English Translation: Tactics and Techniques for the Translator (New York: Hippocrene Books, 2012)
  5. Venuti, Lawrence, The Translation Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 2012)

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Practical classes & workshops 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Hutchings Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

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