Eva Spišiaková

Eva Spišiaková

Issued: Fri, 25 May 2018 14:37:00 BST

Shakespeare’s Fair Youth behind the Iron Curtain: Censorship of Same-sex Affection in Czech and Slovak Sonnet Translations

Name: Eva Spišiaková

HEI: University of Edinburgh

My PhD project focused on the correlation between the shifting perception of male same-sex affection and the changing translation strategies in former Czechoslovakia and present-day Czech Republic and Slovakia. Using a series of retranslations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a collection of poems known for its potential for a queer reading, I applied a theoretical framework from queer theory in order to analyse how same-sex affection and desire were portrayed in different eras at the backdrop of changing socio-political and cultural circumstances.