Jack Mc Martin…

jackbiopicis a fourth-year PhD candidate in Translation Studies at KU Leuven. His research project, ‘Boek to Book: Flanders in the Transnational Literary Field’, uses a sociology of translation approach to investigate the international circulation of literature from Flanders. Departing from Flanders’ status as a small, stateless nation within a peripheral language area dominated by Amsterdam, the project foregrounds the transitional actors, institutions and spaces that help shepherd translated books from Flanders across material and cultural/linguistic fields: translators, foreign rights managers, literary agents, acquisitions editors, national literature fund officers, source and target publishers, distributors, critics, academics, international book fairs, festivals, literary awards. Jack’s three-part dissertation, which will be defended in June 2019, analyses a dataset of 10,000+ book translations out of Dutch since 2000, zooms in on the work of the Flemish Literature Fund in promoting books by Flemish authors abroad and provides an account of the transnational creation, production and reception of Stefan Hertman’s War and Turpentine, an example of a book by a Flemish author that travelled far beyond Flanders. His doctoral project emerged out of the ‘Circulation of Dutch Literature’ network (CODL, http://www.codl.nl). Jack will soon commence with a postdoctoral project in collaboration with Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) examining literary transfer between Dutch and Hungarian. Together with Elke Brems, he has also written on the translation theory and praxis of James S Holmes, focusing on Holmes’ translations of the experimental poetry of De Vijftigers (the Generation of the 50s). With Jan Van Coillie, he is currently preparing a volume of essays on children’s literature in translation (expected late 2019). Jack tweets about Dutch-to-English translation via @jacksaidthat and writes/translates occasionally for various translation-minded literary outlets, including Passa Porta International House of Literature in Brussels.

Email: jack.mcmartin@kuleuven.be