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Dr Jonathan Evans

Senior Lecturer

Jonathan Evans


I have a BA in English and Comparative Literature and an MA in Literary Translation from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Portsmouth. After completing my PhD, I taught Translation Studies at the University of Exeter and the University of Hull before joining Portsmouth as a lecturer in 2012.

The focus of my teaching is the theory and practice of translation. I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this area. I also contribute to study skills teaching.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My research is concerned with how people use translation and adaptation. I work on contemporary literature, film and comics. There are two main strands to my research: creative uses of translation and translation and community.

In my work on creative translation, I focus on how authors and filmmakers use translation in their work. My book, The Many Voices of Lydia Davis (EUP, 2016) focuses on Lydia Davis' translation practice and the intersections with her work as an author, particularly her responses to her translations as well as her use of translation as a form of composition. I am currently working on film remakes, focusing on how they affect the reception of the original film and contribute to its continuing afterlife as well as the intertextual experience of the films. My work has been published in journals such as The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural TheoryJournal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Translation Studies, Quaderns: revista de traduccio, Journal of Specialised Translation, Translation and Literature and TTR.

My work on translation and community focuses on how translation can help form communities as well as community pressures on translation. I have recently completed editing a special issue of TranscUlturAl with Helen Ringrow on translation and borders. I am currently working on a British Academy/Newton Fund sponsored project on fan translation in Vietnam with Van Nhan Luong. My other project in this area is co-editing, with Fruela Fernandez, the Routledge Handbook of Translation and Politics (forthcoming 2018).

Discipline Areas

  • Translation Studies, Literature, Film

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