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Course Detail

Course Name Translation Studies
Course Code 18ELL537
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introduction to Translation Studies-History of Translation Theory – The Romans – Bible Translation-Education and the Vernacular – Early Theorists – The Renaissance Upto the present – Translation Theories.

Unit 2

Central issues in Translation-Language and Culture – Types of Translation – Decoding and Recoding-Problems of equivalence – Loss and Gain- Untranslatability – Transliteration Transcreation-Machine Translation.

Unit 3

Specific problems in Literary Translation – Structures- Poetry, drama, prose translations.

Unit 4

Translation in the global context – Translation of scientific, technical, medical and legal documents.

Unit 5

Comparative Literature and Translation Studies-Semiotics-Literary and Cultural Tradition Translation Practice.


To expose the students to the art of translation; to introduce them to the theories and techniques of translation; to provide them with an insight into the problems of a translator; to provide them with a practical knowledge of a translator’s job..

Core Reading

  1. Bassnett, Susan. Translation Studies. NY: Routledge, 2005.
  2. B.K Das, A Handbook of Translation studies, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors (P)Ltd., New Delhi.


  1. Alessandra Riccardied.,Translation Studies:Perspectives on an emerging discipline, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  2. Mohit K Ray. Studies in Translation. Atlantic Publishers and Distributers (P) Ltd. New Delhi.
  3. Hatim, Basil, Jeremy Munday. Translation: An Advanced Resource Book. London: Routledge, 2004.

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