Alexa Alfer

Senior Lecturer

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Alexa first joined the University of Westminster in 2002 and is Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies and Course Leader for the MA Specialised Translation and MA Translation and Interpreting. Educated at Berlin, Dublin, and London, Alexa's background is in English and German Literature. In addition to her academic work, she has many years of experience as a professional translator and editor, specialising in academic translation (literary criticism, philosophy, art, art history, history of medicine). From 2007 to 2009, Alexa also held a part-time Research Assistantship with the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University, where she contributed her translation criticism expertise to a research project (funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award and directed by PD Dr Thomas Ruetten) on the intersections of literary and medical discourses in the works of Thomas Mann. She is also co-founder, with Steven Cranfield and Paresh Kathrani of the Westminster-based Translaborate research group. The Translaborate group is now run by Alexa together with Steven Cranfield and Cornelia Zwischenberger (University of Vienna).

Alexa teaches practical translation and editing modules as well as translation theory at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students looking to work on aspects of literary translation, hermeneutic approaches to translation theory, and conceptual as well as applied explorations of translational agency.

Alexa's research focuses on the intersections of translation theory and literary criticsm. She is particularly interested in realism and its theorisations, as well as in the emerging 'translational turn' in cultural studies and the wider humanities and social sciences. Alexa is the co-author (with Amy J. Edwards) of *A. S. Byatt: Critical Storytelling* (Manchester UP, 2010) and is currently working on articles exploring, among other things, metaphorisations of translational action, and conceptualisations of translation as collaboration.

2017

Entering the Translab: Translation as Collaboration, Collaboration as Translation, and the Third Space of ‘Translaboration’ (2017)
Alfer, A. 2017. Entering the Translab: Translation as Collaboration, Collaboration as Translation, and the Third Space of ‘Translaboration’. Translation and Translanguaging in Multicultural Contexts. 3 (3), pp. 275-290.

1999

A second that grows first, a black unreal in which a real lies hidden and alive: the fiction of A.S. Byatt (1999)
Alfer, A. 1999. A second that grows first, a black unreal in which a real lies hidden and alive: the fiction of A.S. Byatt. Anglistik. 10 (2), pp. 27-48.

2017

Time Will Tell: Time and Narrative in A. S. Byatt’s The Virgin in the Garden (2017)
Alfer, A. 2017. Time Will Tell: Time and Narrative in A. S. Byatt’s The Virgin in the Garden. in: Parey, A. and Roblin, I. (ed.) A. S. Byatt, Possession, Before and After: Recent Critical Approaches Nancy Presses Universitaires de Nancy - Editions Universitaires de Lorraine.

2001

Realism and its discontents: the virgin in the garden and still life (2001)
Alfer, A. 2001. Realism and its discontents: the virgin in the garden and still life. in: Alfer, A. and Noble, M.J. (ed.) Essays on the fiction of A.S. Byatt: imagining the real Westport, Conneticut Greenwood Press.

2010

A.S. Byatt: critical storytelling (2010)
Alfer, A. and Edwards de Campos, A. 2010. A.S. Byatt: critical storytelling. Manchester Manchester University Press.

2001

Essays on the fiction of A.S. Byatt: imagining the real (2001)
Alfer, A. and Noble, M.J. (ed.) 2001. Essays on the fiction of A.S. Byatt: imagining the real. Westport, Conneticut Greenwood Press.

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