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Translating Between Media - Talk by Dr. Karin Littau

In this presentation, Dr Karin Littau will attempt two things. The first is to outline the landscape or, as Marshall McLuhan called it, the ‘environment’ of intermediality. The second is to locate the role and nature of translation in this environment, especially in view of the fact that this environment is rapidly changing. If intermediality is that state in which there is no settled dominant medium but always several interrelated media, remediating, transforming and jostling one another in directions unsupported by a host medium, then translation occupies the role of the bond between them. As will become clear, this role due to the nature of the media concerned, is not predominantly linguistic; but neither for that reason is it not translation. The question for translation, as for cultural production in general, is how is it remediated in the intermedial landscape in which it acts.

Dr Karin Littau teaches in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. The talk was delivered on 16 May 2013 as part of the conference 'TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING ACROSS MEDIA: Exploring the Relevance of (Inter)mediality for Language Pedagogy', organised by the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester.

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