Kasia Szymanska

Kasia Szymanska

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Overview

Kasia's first book Translation Multiples: From Global Culture to Post-Communist Democracy is forthcoming in 2025 with Princeton University Press (series: Translation/Transnation). Her research lies in literary translation, translation politics, multilingual writing and comparative literature — especially with reference to the East European context. Her work to date has appeared in, among others, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, Slavic and East European Journal, the volume Prismatic Translation and other books on the intersection between translation, literature, and politics. She was named the 2022 Martha Cheung Award winner for the best English article in Translation Studies by an early career scholar.

Prior to joining the Centre for Translation & Intercultural Studies at Manchester, Kasia was an assistant professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin (2019-2022). She had also held a Junior Research Fellowship (postdoc) in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford (2016-2019), where she acted as co-convenor of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation research centre (2016-2019). She holds a DPhil in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MPhil in European Literature and Culture from the University of Cambridge.

Qualifications

BA/MA - University of Warsaw

MPhil - University of Cambridge

DPhil - University of Oxford

Other research

Kasia's first book Translation Multiples: From Global Culture to Post-Communist Democracy (forthcoming with PUP, 2025) focuses on a new genre of writing across English, Polish, German, and other languages, and discusses its cultural, philosophical and political relevance. It considers what happens as translators, poets and artists alike expose the act of translation by producing different parallel variants, placing them next to each other as legitimate versions of the original, and presenting them as a stand-alone artistic work. The book explains why translating more than once matters and calls for a redefined practice of reading translations which follows the ethics of the multiple.

She is currently working on three other projects. The first book project is provisionally entitled The Cold War Gaze: Dividing the Continent Through Text, Travel & Translation and will explore the recurring mechanisms of consolidating the Iron Curtain divide during the Cold War in a range of previously unexamined texts (e.g. popular travel guidebooks, materials promulgated by cultural institutions such as the British Council and the Congress for Cultural Freedom, travelogues to non-existent places beyond the Iron Curtain, sham phrasebooks, exoticised translations, and others).

The two other projects are edited volumes: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Modernism and Translation (co-edited with Rebecca Beasley, commissioned by Bloomsbury) and The Tender Translator: Olga Tokarczuk Across Languages (co-edited with Joanna T. Huss, under contract with Legenda, series: Transcript), which collects essays by both academics and translators exploring the creative transformations of Olga Tokarczuk's writing across fifteen languages.

Kasia was also one of the researchers involved in the AHRC/OWRI-funded project on Prismatic Jane Eyre and the Global Humanities Institute on Challenges of Translation. She is now a participant of the AHRC-sponsored Experiential Translation network.

Prizes and awards

2022 Martha Cheung Prize for the Best English Article in Translation Studies by an ECR

2021/2022 Enterprise Ireland (TCD)

2015 EST Translation Prize

2012-2016 Rawnsley Trust (Oxford)

2011 Corbridge Trust (Cambridge)

Units taught

Translating for Creative and Heritage Industries

Introduction to Translation Studies

Office hours

Teaching weeks only:

Mondays, 1-2pm,

Tuesdays, 11-12pm (Zoom, by appointment)

Further information

Areas of expertise

  • PR English literature
  • PT Germanic literature
  • PS American literature
  • PE English
  • PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
  • Slavic
  • Polish

Keywords

  • literary translation
  • multiple translation
  • comparative literature
  • multilingualism
  • exoticism
  • world literature
  • translation and politics
  • travel writing
  • women's writing and translation

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