Birkbeck Public Lecture by Marina Warner

Professor Marina Warner DBE, President of the British Comparative Literature Association, will advocate translation in global fiction as a powerful way to ‘enlarge the world and stretch our knowledge’ in a free public lecture at Birkbeck, University of London on 2 June 2015, Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Writer, mythographer and professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, Professor Warner will deliver the College’s annual William Matthews Memorial Lecture at Senate House, London.
In presenting her chosen topic, ‘Translumination or Travesty? The Passage into English’, she will explore the character of global fiction and the questions raised by the domination of English as a world language. The public lecture will address the controversies surrounding cross-cultural writing – namely questions as to whether meanings and nuances successfully cross linguistic boundaries, whether something is inevitably lost in translation, or if literary translation is part a wider global trend of corporate homogenisation.
Other topics to be explored during the free public lecture include:
  • The current trend in contemporary literature for modern writers to translate the classics
  • The proliferation of digital publishing and literary platforms is opening the doors to writers from previously underrepresented nations, such as Mozambique, Guadeloupe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. There will be a drinks reception following the lecture.

Visit the website for details and registration.