English Faculty Member Shares Recent Book Publication

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Christian Bancroft

Congratulations to Christian Bancroft, English faculty and Keil Hall dorm dean! Dr. Bancroft recently published a book through Routledge press titled Queering Modernist Translation: The Poetics of Race, Gender, and Queerness. This book, a scholarly monograph that caters to an academic audience, actually started as Bancroft’s dissertation as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston.

Dr. Bancroft, what's your book about?

“I look at translations by the Modernist writers Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). Employing the term ‘queering translation,’ I argue that these writers implemented innovative forms of translation through a queer theory lens. Queering translation is an intersectional grid for gleaning identity and socio-cultural issues in translation, such as gender, sexuality, diaspora, and race. Using theories espoused by Jack Halberstam, José Esteban Muñoz, Elizabeth Grosz, Sara Ahmed, and Rinaldo Walcott as foundations for his arguments, I demonstrate that queering translation offers more expansive ways of imagining the relationship between translation and the identities, cultures, and societies that produce them.”