The 8th Annual General Meeting of the Society for Modern Greek Studies will take place at 3:15 pm on Saturday 6 June 2015 at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. It will be followed at 4:30 pm by a lecture, open to all, to be given by David Connolly, Emeritus Professor of Translation Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The title of his lecture will be: "Love's Labour's Lost or a Tale of Modern Greek Literature in English Translation" (see below for a synopsis).
DAVID CONNOLLY was born in Sheffield, England. He studied Ancient Greek at the University of Lancaster, Medieval and Modern Greek Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, and received his doctoral degree for a thesis on the theory and practice of Literary Translation from the University of East Anglia. A naturalized Greek, he has lived and worked in Greece since 1979 and has taught translation at undergraduate and post-graduate level for many years at a number of universities in Greece. His last position before retiring was as Professor of Translation Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has written and talked extensively on the theory and practice of literary translation and on Greek Literature in general and has published over forty books of translations featuring works by major Greek poets and novelists. His translations have received awards in Greece, the UK, and the USA.
Synopsis of the lecture:
It is a generally accepted fact that Literary Translation is first and foremost a labour of love. In the case of translations of Modern Greek Literature, this labour is, for many reasons, often Herculean in its nature. Nevertheless, much Modern Greek literature exists in English translation, as a recent survey has shown. Regrettably, these literary works, with very few exceptions, fail to reach the major bookstores or the wider English-speaking readership and, in general, have had little impact in the UK book market. In my talk, I will briefly outline the findings of this survey, offer some possible explanations for this lack of impact and make some suggestions as to how the situation may be improved.