Dr Michelle Milan
January 2021 - March 2022
Michelle Milan completed her Marie Curie Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies in 2020. Her project, 'Book History and Translation History: Copyright, Wages, Censorship, and the (Proto-)Professionalisation of Translators in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland', pushed the interdisciplinary offerings of translation and book history through a programme of research, training and public engagement events. Drawing on largely untapped materials from the archives of Victorian publishers, the project examined the production of English-language translations in the nineteenth century by investigating, among other matters, copyright agreements, translator-publisher relationships and the profession of literary translation. An article in the journal Meta, ‘Towards a Professional Identity: Translators in the Victorian Publisher’s Archive’ (April 2021), will present some of the project's findings. While Visiting Research Fellow at the IES she will be working on a book titled Translation and Book History: Theoretical, Historical and Archival Perspectives for the ‘Publishing and Book Culture’ series of Cambridge Elements (CUP). She will also resume work on her prosopographical database of translators in Irish history and on the monograph, Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Cross-Cultural Encounters, both of which gather PhD and post-PhD research materials on the history of translation and travel abroad in nineteenth-century Ireland.