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Laura Woolley-Nunez

Languages and Literature, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Recovering Anti-Francoist Women's Voices: A Feminist Translation of Maria Teresa Leon's Memoria de la melancolia

My practice-based project will translate Maria Teresa León’s (1903–1983) complex memoir Memoria de la Melancolia (1970) and produce a coexisting critical commentary to address the overarching research question of which feminist translation strategies are most fit for the purposes of recovering Spanish lost anti-Francoist women’s voices and presenting the historical context to a new target audience. My research will explore different translation strategies (see Flotow, 2019:232–36) which have been adapted “make the feminine visible” (Massardier-Kenney, 1997:58). It will also contribute to filling the gaps left in the history of women authors during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) and Franco’s dictatorial regime (1939–1975) by using translation to reinstate the León’s anti-Francoist voice which has never been translated into English.

Research Area

  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Languages and Literature

Other Research Interests

  • Transnational feminist translation studies
  • Feminist translation strategies
  • Literary translation
  • Writing and translating exile
  • Translation and style
  • Autofiction and life writing

Memberships

  • Emerging Translators Network