Lingua e traduzione anglo-americana i/m
- A.A. 2015/2016
- CFU 9
- Ore 45
- Classe di laurea LM-37
Advanced knowledge of English and American culture and language. General linguistic,
rhetorical and analytical background.
AIMS. Concomitantly with Language classes and labs (supervised by a team of
mother-tongue instructors), this course is designed to: introduce students to
authoritative statements in the fields of linguistics, poetics, and translation; offer an
overview of stylistic outlooks applied to the study of language and discourse; use
textual, intertextual, contextual and evaluative strategies of literary translation in
different bodies of formal genres and writings (poetry, prose, drama).
LEARNING OUTCOMES. By the end of this course successful students should: reach
an advanced level of language skills and competence; understand a variety of
formal approaches to language (verbal communication) and codified texts (verbal
art); identify and explicate stylistic methods in language and discourse analysis,
interpretation and literary translation; show skills in close reading and original
writing, as well as techniques of literary translation in the target language.
Linguistics, Poetics, Stylistics: Textualism and Contextualism in Language, Discourse
and Literary Translation.
Starting with some of the most transformative statements in the fields of linguistics,
poetics and translation in the twentieth century (Roman Jakobson and European
linguistic circles and schools; Russian formalism through Practical and New criticism;
Structuralism and Ordinary language philosophy through Cultural and Gender studies),
this course will focus on the development of different stylistic and rhetorical theories
and practices applied to the study of language and discourse, as well as to textual,
intertextual, contextual and evaluative strategies of literary translation in different
bodies of canonical genres and writings in the Anglo-American and transatlantic
tradition, from the seventeenth century through post-modern times.
From Jakobson's seminal theoretical essays and linguistic readings of literary texts
("On Linguistic Aspects of Translations", "Linguistics and Poetics", "Language in
Operation", among others), this course will approach a variety of linguistic issues
related to the critical reading, stylistic investigation, and translation of literary texts.
We will move from the so-called heresy of paraphrase in intralingual translation to
ekphrastic questions of intersemiotic translation in reverse; from skills of abstraction to
more abstract acts of translation (essentials, concepts, lines, forces, graphic elements
and factors); from the textuality of the literary text as a complex of verbal signs (in its
linguistic and aesthetic structures as both verbal communication and verbal art) to
contextualism, interpretation and evaluation; from the dogma of untranslatability to
interlingual translation or "translation proper" qua literary translation.
- 1. (C) Richard Bradford Stylistics Routledge, London, 1997
- 2. (C) Jonathan Culler Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997
A selection of chapters from the textbooks (Bradford and Culler), as well as a mandatory set of theoretical and linguistic essays (Jakobson), literary texts and related materials, will be indicated and provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course.
Lectures. In class-discussion and analytical sections run by the teacher and,
alternately, by students as section-leaders. In class-presentations and structured focus
groups. Translation labs and digital humanities training and practice.