Teaching and Researching Literary Translation in the Digital Context: PEnPAL in Trans as a Case-study

  • Margarida Vale de Gato Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Maarten Janssen Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Rita Queiroz de Barros Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Susana Valdez Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa; Universidade Nova de Lisboa


The digital reinvention of literary studies within literary translation teaching and research informs the PEnPAL in Trans project. This inter-institutional venture joins higher education agents and researchers in Translation Studies, Literary Studies and Linguistics. Elaborating on the notions of process-oriented education and “social constructivism” (Kiraly, 2000), PEnPAL in Trans has developed a specific awareness of the literary translator’s “expert action” (Jones, 2011). Drawing on a project-based philosophy of translation training, it envisions the translated anthology as a collaborative format with potential in the digital environment. The database on English-Portuguese transfer problems under development combines the advantages of translation manuals and example-driven tools as translation memories. Thus, it will constitute a categorized database of examples from hard-to-translate texts together with their translation(s) and translation strategy(ies). This database will be accessible online, thereby providing a public tool on the English-Portuguese language pair. 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14195/2182-8830_4-1_4

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Maarten Janssen, Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
Departamento e Centro de Estudos Anglísticos, área de Linguística Inglesa


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How to Cite
VALE DE GATO, Margarida et al. Teaching and Researching Literary Translation in the Digital Context: PEnPAL in Trans as a Case-study. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 63-80, feb. 2016. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/matlit/article/view/2377>. Date accessed: 17 aug. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.14195/2182-8830.
Secção Temática | Thematic Section


applied literary translation; digital translation studies; collaborative translation; translated anthologies; data-base of translation problems