Dr Jonathan Evans
- Senior Lecturer (Translation Studies) (Translation studies)
Before joining Glasgow as Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies in 2020, I held positions at the University of Exeter, the University of Hull and the University of Portsmouth.
Situated in the critical humanities and drawing from cultural studies and comparative literature, my research analyses how people use translation. My first book, The Many Voices of Lydia Davis (Edinburgh UP, 2016), explores how Lydia Davis' translation practice intersects with her work as an author, particularly her responses to her translations and her use of translation as a form of composition. My interest in the wider, political uses of translation led me to co-edit the Routledge Handbook of Translation and Politics with Fruela Fernandez (University of the Balearic Islands).
I am currently working on two monographs with Ting Guo (Liverpool). The first is a book on Fan translation for Bloomsbury Fandom Primers. This book will serve as an introduction to the topic and expand the field by exploring postcolonial and queer practices of fan translation. This project builds on my previous work on fandom, translation and community that has included a British Academy/Newton Fund supported project on fan translation in Vietnam and our AHRC funded project Translating for Change.
Our second monograph project, Translating Queer Cinema draws from and expands the Translating for Change project. It combines our exploration of the Chinese translation of Anglophone queer cinema in China with analysis of the translation of queer cinema from around the world in the UK and the USA. Through close readings of translations, interviews with translators, ethnography and paratextual analysis we challenge the notion of the 'global gay' and examine how translations of queer cinema always engage in negotiation of meaning and identities as part of their intervention in local debates.
I am also finishing leading a network project, Towards diversity, equality and sustainability in streaming, supported by the Fund for International Collaboration and the ESRC, which further explores the intersections of fandom, translation and media distribution, this time in relation to media exchanges between the UK and South Korea, with the goal of developing sustainable media practices. Bringing together scholars from the UK and South Korea working in film, media and translation studies, this project has led to engagement events in Busan, Seoul, Daegu and Glasgow as well as an academic conference in London.
Beyond subtitling, I am interested more widely in the intersections of translation, film and distribution. I have published research on film remakes as a form of translation which nevertheless complicates understandings of what constitutes translation. I have written about the American Breathless, Zhang Yimou's Blood Simple, and the lineage of Vertigo, La Jetee and 12 Monkeys, among other examples.
I am currently developing a new project on translation of counterculture which brings together questions of the translation of cultural and political ideas over languages and temporal distance.
- 2021 Principal investigator, 'Towards diversity, equality and sustainability in streaming: Translating British media in Korea and Korean media in the UK', Fund for International Collaboration and ESRC (£47500)
- 2018 Co-Investigator, ‘Translating for Change: Anglophone Queer Cinema and the Chinese LGBT+ Movement’, AHRC ECR grant (£248595)
- 2016 Co-Investigator, ‘Fan Translation in Viet Nam’, British Academy Newton Fund Mobility Grant (£9102)
- 2015 Co-Investigator, ‘Language service providers in the digital age’, University of Portsmouth Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences research fund (£13,000)
- 2015 Co-Investigator, ‘Musical fan communities: Connected across borders’, University of Portsmouth Interfaculty research fund (£6100)
I would be happy to supervise research students working on topics related to my research:
- Literary translation; especially translation as a creative practice.
- Politics of translation
- Translation in film and media
- Creative/critical or practice led research on translation
- Gender and sexuality in relation to translation
I am currently supervising or cosupervising students at Glasgow working on a range of topics including literary translation, queer media, and video game localisation. I am also external second supervisor for a research student at the University of Portsmouth working on the representation of culture in translation in Anglophone and French crime fiction.
Please get in touch to discuss possible topics.
Please note I no longer have capacity to take students for 2024 entry and limited capacity for 2025 entry.
I am also available to supervise visiting PGR students. Please get in touch if you are interested.
- Mengxue Zhao
- Yifei Kong
- Yunjing Ouyang
- Menghui Zhang
- Rui Yang
- Donna Wilson
- Marjorie Huet-Martin (at University of Portsmouth)
- Eugenia Lawrence (PhD, University of Portsmouth, 2021)
- Campello Gramelius, Misha
Feminine writing and translation in the works of Clarice Lispector, Ali Smith and Wendy Guerra
- Jin, Yujia
Representations of the Italian Renaissance in the 21st Century: the Borgia and Medici Families stories on the small screen
- Kong, Yifei
The Reception of Eugene O’Neill in China: Translations, Adaptations and Performances from the 1920s to the 1940s
- Wilson, Donna
Translating narratives of autism: an autoethnographic study.
Classes I teach or contribute to at Glasgow include:
- Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
- Marketing and Translation Across Media
- Approaches to Translation and the Professional Environment
- Subtitling Film and TV
- Introduction to Translation Studies (UG)
- Modernities II (Critical Studies)
- Literary Translation
I also contribute to teaching on the Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School MSc Translation Studies.
I am deputy editor of The Journal of Specialised Translation (Impact Factor 2.061 , SJR 1.17 ).
I am on the editorial boards of:
I am core staff on the Baker Centre Media Translation and Digital Culture Research School.
I was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College from 2020-2023.
I regularly peer review manuscripts for leading international journals such as PMLA, Target, The Translator, Translation Studies, TTR, Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice, Translation Spaces, Intralinea, The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, Paralleles, Journal of Internationalization and Localization, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Literature Compass, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Genre and others. I also review proposals and manuscripts for presses such as Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, John Benjamins and others.
External examiner, MSc Translation Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2020-2024.
External examiner, MA Translation Studies, University of Birmingham, 2018-2022.
External examiner, MA Audiovisual Translation, University of Roehampton, 2017-2021.