English Literature with a Focus on Literary Translation

Bar Ilan University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
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It is our goal to train a new generation of literary translators who will help bring world literature in a variety of languages to the English Literature with a Focus on Literary Translation.  The program is delivered by Bar Ilan University.


For this English Literature with a Focus on Literary Translation program, Bar Ilan University is uniquely qualified, with an English Literature and Linguistics Department that offers the advanced study of literature and literary traditions, creative writing in several genres, and hands-on work in literary translation.

As the world shrinks and interest in multiculturalism grows, so too does the fascination with literature from around the globe.  Unfortunately, the rate and level of literary translation has not kept apace with demand.  

The vast majority of literary translators are untrained and ill-equipped to master the many requirements of the genre, which, in the words of Susan Bernofsky, a prominent translator of German and director of Literary Translation at Columbia University, includes no less than the ability to write good literature: “When we translate literature, we are writing literature, and the text of the translation must adhere to the highest standards of literary quality at all times.” 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Literary Conversations: Introduction to Advanced Studies in Literature
  • Translation Workshops
  • Graduate Literature Seminars
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Jewish Studies courses
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Creative thesis: the translation of a manuscript (or partial manuscript) in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA degree or equivalent
  • Fluency/near-fluency in English
  • Competency in ANY second language
  • Writing sample: 15-25 pages of translation or creative writing or academic seminar paper
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee


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English Literature with a Focus on Literary Translation
Bar Ilan University