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Spanish professor accepted into national summer institute

Sandra Kingery, professor of Spanish at Lycoming College, has been accepted into a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on translation at the University of Illinois.

The theme of the institute is “The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New Interdisciplinary Scholarship.” According to Dr. Elizabeth Lowe at the School for Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the university, Kingery was one of 25 participants selected for the summer seminar. She also was accepted into a two-week residency program that will take place in May at the Nida School of Translation Studies at Misano Adriatico (Rimini), Italy.

During the summer program, Kingery will continue to analyze the translation of gender-neutral nouns from English to Spanish. According to Kingery, there is a perception that “non-feminist” translation strategies are neutral, while feminist strategies are considered biased. Her case-study will focus on two translations – by Jorge Luis Borges and Enrique Ortenbach – of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

She will discuss an extensive reading list during the program, which includes the books On the Art of Translation by Hugo Fredrich, The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation by Lawrence Venuti, Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman, several translation-themed books by Catherine Porter and Translation Studies: A Dynamic Model for Revitalizing the Humanities by Rainer Schulte. Kingery also will hold with discussions about the translation of various versions of the Bible and a dialogue about themes within works by William Faulkner and  Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

Kingery’s publications focus particularly on Ana Maria Moix’s novels and short stories, but also include studies of Esther Tusquets and Rosa Chacel. Her translation of Moix’s first novel, Julia, was published with the University of Nebraska Press and her translation of Moix’s most recent book of short stories, Of My Real Life I Know Nothing, was published by Latin American Literary Review Press. Some of her research and teaching interests include literature from post-Civil War Spain, women’s literature and translation. Kingery also has translated a number of philosophical texts by Daniel Innerarity, including The Future and Its Enemies.

Kingery earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. After studying at the University of Barcelona for a year, she completed a master’s degree and doctorate in Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Kingery has lived in various regions of Spain and traveled extensively in Latin America.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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