Course: English Literary Translation

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Course title English Literary Translation
Course code KAN/ALITR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Potočňáková Magdaléna, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Working with authentic English texts (mostly contemporary fiction) which are assigned for home translation and subsequently discussed and individual solutions compared from the lexical, grammar and stylistic points of view (sequence of tenses, the use of passive voice, possessive pronouns, nominal phrases, word order, functional sentence perspective etc.) Theoretical basis: connotation, denotation, ?Exact Translation Hypothesis?, semantic and functional equivalence, substitution, compensation, zero semantic correspondence, explanatory note in the text etc.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Seminar classes, Individual study, Self-study of literature, Textual studies, Lecture, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 22 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 20 hours per semester
professional knowledge
interest in literature, excellent knowledge of Czech, B2 lang level in English
learning outcomes
Students are able to analyze the character of source texts, to define standard translation techniques, and subsequently to use them in practice. They are able to discuss, compare, and justify individual solutions of particular translation problems.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
Self-study of literature
Individual study
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Skills demonstration during seminar
Individual presentation at a seminar
Group presentation at a seminar
Continuous assessment
Recommended literature
  • Bassnett- Mc Guire, S.. Translation Studies. Routledge London, 1991.
  • Knittlová Dagmar. K teorii a praxi překladu. 2. vyd. Olomouc , 2000. ISBN 80-7067-323-0.
  • Krijtová, Olga. Pozvání k překladatelské praxi : kapitoly o překládání beletrie. Praha : Karolinum, 2000. ISBN 80-7184-215-X.
  • Kufnerová, Z. et al.. Překládání a čeština. H&H,, 1994.
  • Levý, J.. Umění překladu. Panorama (2. vyd.)., 1983.
  • Vrbová, Alena. Stylistika pro překladatele : texty a cvičení. 1. vyd. Praha : Karolinum, 1998. ISBN 80-7184-585-X.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Summer