Susan Bassnett

Susan Bassnett is a writer and scholar of comparative literature and translation studies. She is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, and Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick.

Susan Bassnett

Susan Bassnett was educated in several European countries, began her academic career in Italy, and continues to lecture in universities around the world. She sits on the board of several international funding bodies, including the Leverhulme Trust.

Author of over 20 books, her Translation Studies (4th edition, 2013), which first appeared in 1980, has remained in print ever since and has become an important international textbook in this field. Her Comparative Literature (1993) has also become internationally renowned and has been translated into several languages.  Other books include works on Latin American literature , women’s theatre history, and poetry. Recent books are Translation in Global News (2008) written with Esperanca Bielsa, Reflections on Translation (2011)  and Translation (2014) in the Routledge New Critical Idiom series. Her latest book is an edited collection of essays, World Literature and Translation (2018). In addition to her scholarly works, Bassnett is a well-known journalist and translator and also writes poetry. She has served as a judge of many international literary prizes, including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Spender Poetry in Translation Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Prize and, most recently, the Women Writers in Translation Prize. She is an elected Fellow of  the Academia Europea, the Institute of Linguists and the Royal Society of Literature. Since 2016 she has been President of the British Comparative Literature Association.

Keynote Lecture

Susan Bassnett will deliver a Keynote Lecture entitled:  

The Changing Fortunes of Translations

Wednesday 26 June 1:00-2:00

50 George Square – Room G.03