Exploring the Backstage of Translations: A study of translation-related manuscripts in the Anthony Burgess archives


  • Serenella Zanotti Roma Tre University
  • Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli University of Bologna




Genetic criticism, translator manuscript, Anthony Burgess


This paper offers some preliminary considerations on the use of translators’ manuscripts in translation research. It will be argued that the importance of studying translators’ papers, aside from a philological interest, is crucial in reconstructing the prehistory and process of translations, and in analysing and evaluating the factors that influence translations, including the roles of the people involved in the translation process. More specifically, the application to translator’s manuscripts of methods of enquiry developed by genetic criticism will be illustrated in a study of the available manuscripts pertaining to the Italian translation of Anthony Burgess’s libretto Blooms of Dublin (1986). The aim of the study is to show the importance of developing a specific methodology for investigating the prehistory and process of translation. We will also argue that genetic criticism (Deppman, Ferrer, Groden 2004), while needing to be revised and adapted to the specificity of translated texts, offers a sound and effective methodology.

Author Biographies

Serenella Zanotti, Roma Tre University

Lecturer in English Language and Translation, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Roma Tre University

Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, University of Bologna

Emeritus Professor, English Language and Translation, Department of translation and Interpreting, University of Bologna


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How to Cite

Zanotti, S., & Bollettieri Bosinelli, R. M. (2016). Exploring the Backstage of Translations: A study of translation-related manuscripts in the Anthony Burgess archives. Linguistica Antverpiensia, New Series – Themes in Translation Studies, 14. https://doi.org/10.52034/lanstts.v14i0.337