The Prismatic Jane Eyre project follows on from the AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme (2016-2020) that explored the links between creativity and languages. We are delighted to announce that Prismatic Jane Eyre has received funding for a year’s worth of impact and engagement activities, specifically to run workshops and competitions in translation and creative writing for pupils (ages 13-19) who are either learning modern languages, or speak English as an additional language. The project uses the Prismatic Jane Eyre website (https://prismaticjaneeyre.org/), one of Creative Multilingualism’s research outputs, as the starting point for creative translation activities. From the examples brought to life on the website, pupils will gain an understanding of translation’s creativity and practical importance: this will inform and enhance their own language appreciation, comprehension, and use. The project’s activities, jointly run with the Stephen Spender Trust, will foster a sense of creative aspiration, whilst also enabling pupils to take ownership of the languages they already know or are learning. Although the workshops will take place in particular state schools, the competitions will be open to all schoolchildren across the nation, and the learning resources from the workshops will be available online to all pupils globally.
The project will be led by Dr Eleni Philippou (Principal Investigator), together with Professor Matthew Reynolds (Co-Investigator) and The Stephen Spender Trust (Project Partner). Prismatic Jane Eyre is part of the ongoing Prismatic Translation research strand hosted by the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre (OCCT) based at St Anne’s.