Translating the (M)other: Christina Ali Farah's Madre piccolainto English

Posted by djw49 at Dec 19, 2019 01:50 PM |
21 February 2019 - Part of the LeCTIS Series 2018/19 - Spring. Discussing the English translation of Cristina Ali Farah’s Italian novel Madre piccola (2007), published under the title Little Mother(2011), from a feminist Translation Studies perspective.


Date: 21 February 2019

Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm

Venue: Bennett Lecture Theatre 5

Contact: Dr Yan Ying



Speaker: Dr Maria Christina Seccia, University of Hull

This paper will discuss the English translation of Cristina Ali Farah’s Italian novel Madre piccola(2007), published under the title Little Mother(2011), from a feminist Translation Studies perspective. Somali-Italian daughter-narrator Domenica Axad’s conflictual relationship with her Italian mother plays a crucial role in the negotiation of her transnational identity when she migrates from Somalia to Italy as a child. This paper will focus on how the representation of this conflictual relationship has been conveyed through translation. By drawing on Carolyn Shred’s idea of ‘metramorphosis’ (2007), an analysis of selected passages will present the maternal figure as a model for translation, thus contributing to the existing debate about translation engendering new meanings and interpretations (Bassnett 1992; Gaddis Rose 1997).

Dr Maria Cristina Seccia is a Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Hull, where she was appointed in 2018 after working at the Universities of Glasgow and Bangor. Her PhD thesis (Bangor, 2015) looks at the Italian translation of anglophone Italian-Canadian writing through the lens of cultural translation. In 2016, as a Visiting Research Fellow at the IMLR in London, she started her new project on the English translation of Italian postcolonial women’s writing (with a focus on the representation of the maternal figure). The first output of her new project has been recently published as a book chapter in Patrizia Sambuco’s Transmissions of Memory published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2018).

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