• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

A study of the issues which arise in the process of translating literary texts. Various genres will be studied, including poetry and drama with their particular problems of cross-language and cross-cultural transfer. Using English as our working language, we shall investigate the linguistic process of translation, and examine and where possible compare renderings into English of well-known works of literature, while trying to establish criteria by which to appraise them. The School of Language Studies with the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and the College of Asia and the Pacific together offer a wide range of languages, and some staff members who contribute to this course are well known as literary translators. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will have enhanced their skills as translators of literary texts and their ability to evaluate texts which have been translated, as well heightened appreciation of the complex linguistic, literary and cultural problems which form part of the process. They will have developed important analytical skills under the guidance of staff members who are themselves highly skilled and experienced in literary translation from a range of languages, and who are contributing to the most recent scholarship in Translation Studies.

Indicative Assessment

There is no exam in this course. Assessment is by means of three major assignments (1500 words, 2400 words, 1500 words) and participation in tutorials and seminars (10%). The latter may include a short presentation. The major assignments, due in Weeks 5, 8 and 12 will together comprise the bulk of the weighting (30% each).  Assignment work will be informed by reading in the field of Translation Studies.

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33 contact hours. Hours of private study required will depend on the student's level of skill and command of languages at commencement, but may be expected to be in the range of 6 to 10 hours per week on average throughout the semester.

Prescribed Texts


Jeremy Munday, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, London and New York, 2001/2008.

Preliminary Reading


Mona Baker (ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, London, 1997: P306.E57 1998

E. Cary, Comment faut-il traduire, 1986: P306.C313 1985

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Essay on the Principles of Translation, New York, 1970: PN241.W6 1978

Basil Hatim and Ian Mason, The Translator as Communicator, London, 1997: P306.H38 1997

Eva Hoffman, Lost in translation: a life in a new language, New York, 1989: E184.J5H63 1989

Douglas R. Hofstadter, Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language, New York, 1997:               P306 H63 1997

Meanjin, Vol. 64, No. 4, 2005 (Special translation issue). PR9600.M4

Georges Mounin, Les problèmes théoriques de la traduction, Paris, 1963: P306.M66

Jeremy Munday, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, London, 2001/2008:

                P305.M865 2001

Eugene A. Nida, The Theory and Practice of Translation, Leiden, 1969: BS450.N55

Peter Newmark, A Textbook of Translation, New York, 1988: P306.N474 1988

B. Raffel, The Art of Translating Poetry, Philadelphia, 1988: PN1059.T7 R34 1988

George Steiner, After Babel: Aspects of language and translation, 2nd ed., Oxford, 1992: P306.S7

Lawrence Venuti, The Translator's Invisibility: A history of translation, London & New York, 1995:                P306.2.V46 1995


Assumed Knowledge


Adequate knowledge of one of the languages taught at ANU, or of a language not taught at ANU, with the approval of the Co-ordinator.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2752 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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