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Richard Kelly Washbourne

Associate Professor of Spanish Translation
Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Particular research interest in north-south translation between the Americas, fin de siécle poetry and poetics, medical interpreting, and translator training and education.

A graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (1990), he has translated art history for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Works include the book translations Literary Memoirs by José Victorino Lastarria (Oxford's Library of Latin America, 2000); Incomplete Democracy by Manuel Garretón (with Gregory Horvath; University of North Carolina Press, Latin America in Translation / En Traducción / Em Tradução, 2003); After-Dinner Conversation, a critical translation and introduction of De sobremesa, the 1896 novel by José Asunción Silva (University of Texas Press' Pan-American Literature in Translation series, 2005); An Anthology of Spanish American Modernismo, in English Translation with Spanish Text (edited; translated with Sergio Waisman, MLA Texts and Translations series, 2007); Manual of Spanish-English Translation, a task-based textbook (Prentice-Hall, 2009); and Nobel Laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias' Legends of Guatemala (Latin American Literary Review Press, 2011), for which he won the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship in 2010. He serves on the Editorial Boards of The Interpreter and Translator Trainer (Routledge) and Translation Review (University of Texas at Dallas), and the Advisory Board of Current Trends in Translation Teaching and Learning (Helsinki, Finland). 

His collection of 57 short stories by Uruguayan master of horror Horacio Quiroga will be completed in 2014, and his book-length translation of Reinaldo Arenas' selected poetry, Autoepitaph: Selected Poems, will be available in July 2014 from the University Press of Florida. 

He also coordinates interpreters for the Hartville Migrant Clinic.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

   Literary Translation

   Translation Methodology

   Ethics

   Interculturality

    

AREAS OF PUBLICATION:

Literary Translation

Translation Pedagogy

Research Areas
  • Translation Pedagogy
  • Literary Translation
  • Contemporary Latin American Literature (Poetry and Prose)
  • Interculturality
OFFICE
Applied Linguistics, Institute for
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
OFFICE HOURS
Spring 2014:
  • Tuesday 2-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.
  • And by appointment
Office: 309-D Satterfield Hall
CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
rwashbou@kent.edu
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