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Prof Theo Hermans
Foster Court 348
UCL, Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 3117
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  • Emeritus Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I am Emeritus Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at University College London (UCL) and a former Director of the UCL Centre for Translation Studies. My research is mostly concerned with translation theory and history.

Monographs include The Structure of Modernist Poetry (1982), Translation in Systems (1999) and The Conference of the Tongues (2007). Edited volumes include The Manipulation of Literature: Studies in Literary Translation (1985), The Flemish Movement: A Documentary History (1992), Crosscultural Transgressions: Research Models in Translation Studies II (2002), Translating Others (2 vols., 2006) and A Literary History of the Low Countries (2009).

Research Summary

My main research interests concern the theory and history of translation. In translation theory I have focused in recent years on the way translators make their presence felt in translated texts. With respect to translation history I have been working on the history of translation in the Low Countries, particularly in the Early Modern period; and on reassessing chapters in the history of translation theory, such as the 1813 lecture on translation by Friedrich Schleiermacher.

Teaching Summary

01-OCT-2018 Emeritus Professor School of European Languages, Culture and Society University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
01-OCT-1994 Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature Dutch UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1984 – 30-SEP-1994 Reader in Dutch Dutch UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1977 – 30-SEP-1983 Lecturer in Dutch Dutch Bedford College, University of London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1973 – 30-AUG-1975 Lecturer in English Literature Modern Foreign Languages University of Algiers, Angola
Academic Background
1977   Doctor of Philosophy University of Warwick
1971   Master of Arts University of Essex
1970   Licentiate Universiteit Gent
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