Literary Translation workshop


Workshop Leader: Dr. Tarek Shamma
Workshop Schedule Date: 04 February 18 - 07 February 18
Workshop Schedule Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Duration: 3 hours
Venue: LAS Building - Classroom A015

About the Workshop


The canons of academia have traditionally framed the relationship between creative writing and translation within narrow theoretical boundaries.
This workshop provides training in Arabic/English Literary translation, including analyzing literary texts, identifying translation challenges between these two languages, and applying effective translation strategies to deal with them.


Four 3-hour sessions over four successive days. Each session will start with a general introduction of key issues in literary translation, using presentations and class discussion, followed by relevant practical activities.


The workshop includes a combination of:

  • Presentations,
  • class discussion,
  • practical exercises (translation and contrastive analysis of literary translations), including small-group activities. Emphasis will laid on practical exercises.

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide participants with hands-on training in translating literary texts;
  2. Familiarize participants with the key challenges in translating literary texts;
  3. Explore the role of culture in literary translation and the strategies of dealing with it;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic features of literary texts.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the elements of style, especially in literary works;
  2. Recognize culture-specific elements and analyze their relevance to the translation activity;
  3. Analyze a literary text and find an appropriate strategy for translating it; 
  4. Apply appropriate translation strategies to various literary texts;
  5. Gain knowledge of literary expressions and techniques;
  6. Understand the role of the translator in interpreting literary texts.

Target Participants

This Workshop is recommended for translation students, new entrants to the profession and established practitioners. The maximum capacity is 20 participants.

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About the Leader/Instructor
Dr. Tarek Shamma