Miriam Anne McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov has an MA in Romance Studies and Translation Studies and a PhD in Studies of Culture (Tallinn University, 2021). Her PhD thesis researched the poetics of translation in order to describe and conceptualise an approach to translating poetry that locates both poet’s and translator’s processes on the same continuum of creative activity. Her scholarly interests fall within the field of cultural studies, spanning English-language literatures, translation theory and practice, poetry and oral poetics, cognitive literary studies, and theories of creativity. Her teaching experience includes Literary Analysis, Comparative Poetry, Irish Literature and Culture, and Academic Writing. She has trained literary translators (for the Estonian Literature Centre) and Cambridge Assessment speaking examiners. She translates Estonian poetry for publication and performance. She is a member of the Estonian Writers' Union and the Estonian Association of Comparative Literature.

Main tasks

Teaching: Academic Writing in English (MA and PhD); Literary Analysis (BA); Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting Est-Eng (MA).

Supervision and reviewing of BA and MA research papers.

Areas of research

Poetry and poetry translation; Cognitive literary studies; Creative process and theories of creativity; Poetics of translation; Irish literature, the oral tradition.