The Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory
4-16 june 2006


The 2006 Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory will consist of two related blocks of activities:

(1)       a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops “Getting It Published” combined with Work-In-Progress seminars  
            (June 4-6);

(2)       a series of lectures and seminars focusing on the theme “The Poetics of Cultural Translation” (June 7-16).

Applicants may choose to participate in either one of the two blocks or in both of them. 

“Getting It Published” - part of the Summer School is open to current doctoral students as well as to those who have received their Ph.D. degrees after January 1, 2004.

“The Poetics of Cultural Translation” is open to current doctoral students only.


The Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory is meant to provide a forum for the study of literature, literary criticism, and theory. It encourages open-ended learning through small-group discussions and professional and private conversations around the clock. 


Getting It Published
June 4-6 2006

The 2006 Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory will start with a three-day block of workshops and work-in-progress seminars:

·        How do I decide where to seek to publish my work?

·        How do I turn my manuscript into a book?

·        How do I approach publishers?

·        How are manuscript submissions evaluated? What form does the prepublication process take?

·        What can I expect my publishers to do for me? What do my publishers expect me to do for them? 

·        Should I consider electronic publication of my work?


Two legendary editors, William Germano(USA) and Josie Dixon(Great Britain), will lead the workshops.

Participants will be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progress five weeks before the start of the seminars.



Application forms will be available after November 1, 2005, at “forskarskola - Summer School.” Application should be sent to the School’s Administrative Director, Ulrika Nilsson, by January 31 2006.


Fees for participation in “Getting It Published” are as follows:

  • for doctoral students attending the whole Summer School there is no additional charge;
  • for doctoral students attending “Getting It Published” workshops only the fee is SEK 1000;
  • for those holding Ph.D. degrees the charge is SEK 2000.

The fees are due by April 1, 2006. The fees are non-refundable. 



The Poetics of Cultural Translation (June 7-16)

The 2006 Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory addresses a phenomenon that is of central importance in today’s world and that is becoming increasingly crucial to literary studies and literary theory: translation (literally and figuratively) as cultural mediation. In engaging with this topic, the Summer School aims to introduce and explain the relevance of a major critical movement – Translation Studies – that is recognised in many European countries and in the USA but has so far received scant attention in Sweden.

Studying cultural translation entails discussing a variety of topics such as intertextuality, cultural memory, remediation, the translatability of literary genres, narratives, and styles across languages and cultures, and trends such as “the revival of narrative” and “the cultural turn.” For instance, a Renaissance play such as The Tempest is suspended between a mother tongue (in formation) and the codes of the ‘foreigner’s’; James Joyce’s Ulysses and Wole Soyinka’s plays are determined by cross-cultural dynamics.

Obviously, the fact that the study of translation highlights the textual and linguistic properties of literary works gives rise to many questions. Why is it pertinent to claim, as Michael Cronin does, that Ireland has been translated? Why do so many contemporary poets and writers practise translation as an integral part of their creative work? What is the role of (wilful mis)translation and adaptation in postcolonial literature? In what ways does the role of translation(s) in English literature(s) provide angles on different epochs and determine our perception of them? How is our perception of today’s English-language literature affected by our own cultural and linguistic background?

Invited speakers and lecturers:

·        Umberto Eco

·        Ngugi wa Thiong'o, University of California, Irvine

·        Susan Bassnett, Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies, Warwick

·        Robert Young, New York University

·        Michael Cronin, Dublin City University

·        James Chandler, University of Chicago




Application forms specifying the series of seminars will be available by November 1, 2005, at “forskarskola - Summer School.” Application should be sent to the School’s Administrative Director, Ulrika Nilsson, by January 31 2006.  Decisions on admission will be announced by February 15, 2006.  Those admitted to the Summer School will be asked to send a non-refundable fee of SEK 1000 by April 1, 2006. 



Accommodation will be provided for all Swedish participants of the Summer School and the workshops “Getting It Published” at no additional cost. Non-Swedish participants will be charged SEK 2500 to partly cover the costs of living.

A number of cottages with cooking facilities have been reserved.  Participants should plan to bring their own linen and towels. Lunches will be served at the campus cafeteria, while breakfast and evening meals will have to be arranged by the participants themselves.



Blekinge Institute of Technology


Campus Gräsvik




Application Form


Contact persons:

Danuta Fjellestad, Director
Tel: +46(0) 38 53 62

Ulrika Nilsson, Administrative Director
Tel: +46(0) 38 53 55




Rolf Lundén, Uppsala University, Chair of the Board

Åke Bergvall, Karlstad University

Harald Fawkner, Stockholm University

Gunilla Florby, Göteborg University

Monica Fryckstedt, Uppsala University

Raoul J. Granqvist, Umeå University

Lars-Håkan Svensson, Linköping University

Marianne Thormählen, Lund University



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