Tania Varela

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E-mail: taniavarela@g.ucla.edu Office: Rolfe 4322

Education

  • C. Phil. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, June 2020
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA in Spanish, June 2017
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, May 2014
    American University of Paris
  • Professional Certificate in Translation and Interpretation, December 2011
    University of California, San Diego

Research

In my dissertation, I study the double literary adaptation of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso (1516-1532), considering first Jerónimo de Urrea’s translation (1549) of the text from Italian to Spanish and second the Sephardic manuscript version from the late 16th century. The latter makes use of aljamía, i.e. Ibero-romance written in Hebrew script. The two authors in question —Urrea and the unknown Sephardic adapter— write for Iberian audiences, although the geographical spaces in which their texts operate (from creation to reception) extend beyond the limits of the Iberian Peninsula. This dissertation reassesses the adapted texts in a wider sense by considering the translations in the context of pertinent sociocultural circumstances. I claim that by taking a broader approach toward the study of Orlando Furioso through an examination of the trajectory of Urrea’s translation we can highlight essential connections for the translation process that spread throughout the wider Mediterranean.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2021
    Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA
    Fellowship awarded to conduct research and writing for dissertation.
  • Nominee for the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants,  2020-2021
    Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA
    Selected as a nominee for the Department to be considered for the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award for TAs.
  • Chateaubriand Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship Program, 2018-2019
    The Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States
  • Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2017
    Graduate Division, UCLA
  • Foreign Language Area Studies – Academic Year, 2016-2017
    United States Department of Education
    Fellowship for the study of Portuguese language (Advanced)
  • Foreign Language Area Studies, Summer 2016
    United States Department of Education
    Fellowship for the study of Portuguese language; linguistic stay at Salvador de Bahia, Brazil