Graduate Research and Writing (TRST 60001/Sections 1 and 2)


TRST 60001. Section 001: Graduate Research and Writing (Fall 2011)

"You can only translate as well as you can write." - Carol Maier


Prof. Françoise Massardier-Kenney
Office: 314 Satterfield
Phone: 330-672-1795, 650-2995
Office Hours: M & W  2-4 p.m.; Th 1:30 - 4 p.m. and by appointment.


The objective of this course is to provide translation studies students with the tools needed for successful research and writing in graduate-level courses in professional translation work.


This course will guide students through the researching and writing of graduate-level essays. The principal emphasis will be on research skills and the development and presentation of an argument.. Students will have the opportunity to undertake projects requiring research and writing skills similar to those that will be required in translation related activities. The following skills will be stressed: library and web research, defining a topic, planning, appropriate use and documentation of secondary sources, use of internet resources, evaluation of resources, revisions, and mechanics. Students will meet as a class for instruction in library resources, computer lab use, web use and for presentations on knowledge organization in a variety of fields. Knowledge organization presentations will focus on the principles used to organize specific knowledge fields and the tools used to access knowledge within a specific field. There will also be work in small groups, as well as individual assignments.


  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th edition, 2009.
  • The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations. Third edition. Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2009.
  • Michael Palmer, The Fifth Vial.
On Reserve
  • Haynes, Kevin J., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe. Cambridge, U.K.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002 (PS 26328. C33 2002). - Kennedy, Gerald, ed. A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001 (PS 26328.H54 2001).
  • Vines, Lois Davis ed. Poe Abroad. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999 (PS 26328.P62 1999).
  • Brett Zimmerman, Edgar Allan Poe: Rhetoric and Style (PS 2644.256.2005).Ye


Week 1

August 29: Meet as a class in 313 for introduction to course, instruction in lab use and library resources.

Assignment for Sept. 12:
  • Read "The Black Cat" and "The Philosophy of Composition," by Edgar Allan Poe; identify stylistic characteristics of the story; select characteristics relevant to translation; explain how and why they are relevant
  • Finish library research assignment begun in class and add material you find on Google.
  • Become familiar with the resources listed in "library paper and electronic resources"
  • Become familiar with instructions in MLA Handbook for writing essays and preparing bibliographies

Week 2

September 12: Meet as a class in 313 to discuss research assignment and for presentations about writing a research essay about Edgar Allan Poe; discuss "The Black Cat" (small groups).

Assignment for Sept. 19:
  • Familiarize yourself with reference resources, especially:
  • KentLink (the on-line catalog of the library holdings). Make sure you can find a book by author, title, subject, and key word. Become familiar with RefWorks Journals. Make sure you know where journals (current and past issues) are kept and how they are organized Interlibrary loan. Learn how to fill an interlibrary loan request form for a book or a copy of an article The standard literature research bibliographies in your language of study. Start with the MLA bibliography. Make sure you know where they are and how to use them
  • Do research assignment (Read two articles and begin provisional bibliography)
  • Continue to familiarize yourself with MLA Handbook
  • Find a translation of "Black Cat" in your B-language; describe translator's handling of translation difficulties and general strategy

Week 3

September 19: Meet as a class in 313 to discuss readings and general translation issues related to "The Black Cat" in translation (large group); discuss translations into B-language (small groups).

Assignment for Sept. 26:
  • Read handouts about Poe and "The Black Cat"
  • Continue working with RefWorks and
  • First writing assignment due (about "The Black Cat"-topic to be assigned; outline + introduction and first part.; follow MLA guidelines as you prepare your essay)

Week 4

September 26: Introduction to Thrillers. Meet as a large group for presentations about thrillers. Discussion of assignment/Essay #2 (Research guide to translating medical thrillers).

Assignment for Oct. 3:
  • Read The Fifth Vial, by Michael Palmer; identify stylistic characteristics of the text (or of the text type); select characteristics relevant to translation
  • Do research assignment about thrillers

Week 5

October 3: Meet in 313 for presentation about knowledge organization (the example of legal research); discuss thriller (small groups). Discussion of revision process.

Assignment for Oct. 10:
  • Do assignments linked to legal research and B-language research and translation exercise for thrillers

Week 6

October 11: Meet in 313 for presentation about case-study research and projects for second half of course; discuss thriller (small groups).

  • Revision of first essay due Oct. 17.
  • Read critical analysis from case study and assigned articles in fields of finance, medicine, and science

Week 7

October 17: Meet as a large group to discuss reading assignment. Begin work in small groups on research guide to translation in specialized area (presentation of background knowledge; best glossaries; multi-lingual term guide with basic definitions). For the remainder of the semester, the class will meet in small groups, with the exception of one or two weeks (to be announced later) and the final meeting on 13 December.

Assignments for Weeks 8-15:
  • Work on research guides: (1) group project (research guide to translation in specialized area); (2) Individual project (brief research guide to translation in specialized sub-field of the area of your group project).
  • Second writing assignment due Oct. 24 (Guide to translating medical thrillers-discussion of characteristics and resources; max. 5 pages)
  • Revision of second writing assignment due Nov. 7.
  • Group project (research guide to translation in specialized area): sent to other groups for their critique by Sunday evening, 27 November.
  • Group project submitted to instructor on December 5.
  • " Individual project ( brief research guide to translation in a specialized sub-field in the area of student's group project): Due 12 December;

Week 8

October 24: Work in small groups on research guide.

Assignment for October 31:
  • Complete revisions of first essay for Week 9
  • Continue to research and compile bibliography for research guides

Week 9

October 31: Work in small groups on research guide.


Revision of Essay 2 due Nov. 7.

Week 10

November 7: Work in small groups on research guide.

Week 11

November 14: Research guide to be sent to other two groups for their critique.

Week 12

November 21: Meet in small groups to discuss research guides and prepare critiques, with suggestions for revisions; send critiques to other groups by Sunday evening, November 27.

Week 13

November 28: Meet in small groups to discuss critiques of other groups; prepare revisions (Revised research guides to be handed to instructor next week on December 5).

Week 14

December 5: Final meeting of class.

Week 15

December 12: Individual projects due.


There will be four writing assignments (three individual assignments and one group assignment). All assignments are double-spaced with standard margins. Each assignment will be worth 25% of the final grade. The grade will be lowered for work that is late. Attendance at class meetings is expected and students are asked to arrive promptly.

Students with Disabilities

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