Hüseyin Tabak visiting Swansea

VIDEO Gespräch mit Hüseyin Tabak über Das Pferd auf dem Balkon.

Prof. Julian Preece talking to Hüseyin Tabak about his film “The Horse on the Balcony”.

Celebrated film director Hüseyin Tabak visited the Department and discussed his work at two screenings, one on the campus and one in Swansea town centre. Details here.

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You are invited to our international guest speaker’s talk for 2018

Dr Ondras,  Associate Professor of Arabic Literature with the Department of Middle East and Africa, Charles University, Prague will talk at Swansea University’s Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting on Monday 22nd January, 2018.

His talk – Literary Translation in Cultural and Historical Contexts: the case of Maqamat al- Hamadhani – begins at 1pm in James Callaghan 208.

About the speaker

Doc. PhDr. František Ondráš, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Arabic Studies.

1990–1995 was a lecturer of Czech Language, Literature and Culture at Faculty of Languages, Ain Shams University in Cairo. Since 1995 he is teaching Standard and Colloquial Arabic, Classical and Modern Arabic Literature a Culture. He is the author of several studies on Modern Arabic Prose –Modern Egyptian Prose (1980 – 2000) (2003), Authobiographical Narrative Document in the Works of Egyptian Writer Sun´allah Ibrahim (2008), Ancient Egypt in Modern Egyptian Prose (2008).

Research interests include:

  • Classical and Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Novel
  • Translation of Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Culture and Modern Arabic Society

About the Maqamat:

The narrative works i nthe Maqamat are quite possibly the most remarkable part of the cultural life in the Abbasid caliphate. The very important genre´s form of Abbasid literature is Maqama, which involves dramatic anecdotes written with a rhyme scheme. This form is sometimes proclaimed as the “most perfect structure of literary and dramatic expression in Arabic.” Most Abbasid literature had very ornate language, Arabic prose literature was very much episodic in the Middle Ages.

Discussion of the translation

As language and culture are inseparable in the process of translating literary work, the main interest of this study is to demonstrate the techniques and the strategies used in translating Maqamat al-Hamadhani and to show the importance of it in solving the difficulties resulted by the semantic and metalinguistic differences. Furthermore, it fathoms dimensions of differences between Arabic and English (Czech), as well as between the two (three) cultures. Moreover, to show a difficulty of rendering cultural aspects due to the gaps between the two (three) different languages and cultures.


Dr. Salwa M S El-Awa
Lecturer in Arabic | Darlithydd mewn Arabeg
Department of Languages, Translation and Interpreting | Adran Ieithoedd, Cyfieithu a Chyfieithu ar y Pryd
Swansea University |Prifysgol Abertawe
Singleton Park | Parc Singleton
Swansea | Abertawe
Wales | Cymru
Phone | Ffôn  01792 513 076
Email | Ebost  s.elawa@swansea.ac.uk
http://www.swansea.ac.uk | http://www.abertawe.ac.uk





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First English biographical study of Nobel Prize-winning writer, Gunter Grass, to be published

Swansea University’s Professor Julian Preece will see his latest book, Gunter Grass, published in February 2018. The book will introduce Grass’s key works and chronicle his interaction with major literary and public figures.

The book will be published by Reaktion Books Limited.  For further information click  here

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9 German language students win prestigious scholarship

Nine Swansea University languages students have secured scholarships from the German government to allow them to follow summer courses at German universities, with the aim of improving their language skills and their knowledge of the country.

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Annual Roy Knight Lecture

Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London, will give the annual Roy Knight Lecture in Romance Studies on 1 March at 4pm in the Faraday Lecture.
All are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Title: La dolce vita as news and gossip

La dolce vita (dir. Federico Fellini., 1960) is one of the most famous films ever made, an international and often scandalous hit that gave the world not only the term and idea encapsulated in its title but also ‘paparazzi’. It is a film about gossip and news that was itself news and is based in the news stories, fashionable people and actual fashions of its time. This talk looks at this whole process, the real and fictional images of Rome La dolce vita draws on, the way it relates to neo-realism in its use of non-actors, location shooting and episodic structures and the way that it transmutes them into symbol and spectacle. La dolce vita is rooted in the real and yet refuses to present itself as realist, insisting on the way knowledge of the real is always literally mediated.

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Chartered Institute of Linguists

All students cordially invited to attend a talk by Mr. Matthias Postel from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, London. He is coming to Swansea on Monday 13 February to give a talk on Career Paths with Languages and about becoming a member of the Institute. The talk will take place in Faraday Lecture Theatre 3-4pm.

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Pupil Language Ambassador Conference

The Department is looking forward to taking part in the Pupil Language Ambassador Conference taking place on the Bay Campus on 2 February. Over 300 pupils from 43 schools across Wales are expected to participate in this day-long event which will equip individual pupils with skills and ideas to champion modern languages in their schools. The conference will be opened by Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, and is supported by the British Council, the European Commission, Routes into Languages Cymru and the Goethe-Institut. Swansea staff are leading workshops and taster sessions in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.

Swansea undergraduates can work as school language mentors engaging with pupils from year 9 and upwards on a parallel scheme funded by the Welsh Government. Through Routes into Languages Cymru and in conjunction with Swansea Employability Academy undergraduates also work as language ambassadors, gaining valuable experience and transferable skills.

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Summer School Success in Germany for three Swansea Students

Three first-year students of German have been successful this year in gaining scholarships awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service / DAAD or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst. Click this link for details:

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Berlin Poet Peter Wawerzinek visits Wales on the trail of Dylan Thomas

Peter Wawerzinek, Ichdylanich: Bilingual Literary Performance
Summary: Next week cult Berlin underground poet Peter Wawerzinek arrives in Wales to read from his fictitious memoir of his life with his favourite fellow poet, Swansea’s own Dylan Thomas. Part absurd fantasy, part comic harangue, Ichdylanich recounts Peter’s experiences in and around Wales on the trail of Dylan in 2010. Born the year after Dylan died, sharing his passion for the amber liquid but brought up in orphanages on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Peter is sometimes convinced that Dylan is the father that he never knew. Ichdylanich is also a declaration of frustrated love for the people and places which inspired Untermilchwald. In Wales once again und travelling entirely under his own steam, Peter is launching his new book in Swansea and Laugharne.
Bio: Peter Wawerzinek belonged to the underground scene in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg in the 1980s. His nickname was Moppel Schappik, which was also the title of his first surrealist novel on the life of a picaresque hero in the Capital of the dying Workers’ and Peasants’ Republic. In 2010 Peter finally became famous when he won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for the autobiographical Rabenliebe. In 2014 Schluckspecht, on the subject of his struggle with alcoholism, was greeted with more rave reviews.
There will be three performances:
23 January at 4pm: Swansea University, Wallace Lecture Theatre
23 January at 7.30pm: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea (the Dylan Thomas House), N.B. there is an entrance fee of £5 which includes refreshments
24 January at 3pm: Brown’s Hotel, Laugharne
Please spread the word.
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Results for Swansea’s Department of Languages, Translation and Communication in Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide

The Department was pleased last month to read that our courses and students’ achievements were gaining recognition in the all-important Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Among the highlights for the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication at Swansea were:

Swansea Media Studies came 16th out of 90 for student satisfaction;

Swansea French came 8th out of 49 for graduate job prospects;

and Swansea German came 7th out of 38 for student satisfaction.

Overall Swansea University was up four places to 43rd out of all UK Higher Education Institutions.

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