A view of singleton campus including singleton park and the beach, with the sea stretching into the horizon.
Professor Andrew Rothwell

Professor Andrew Rothwell

Professor Emeritus (Arts & Humanities), Humanities and Social Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295967
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Andrew Rothwell is Professor of French and Translation Studies. His main research interests are in French poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries with special reference to the visual arts, literary translation, translation technologies and translator training. He has published extensively on French literary modernism, especially Dada and Surrealism, including the work of Pierre Albert-Birot, André Breton, Blaise Cendrars, Robert Desnos, Max Jacob and Pierre Reverdy, as well as on contemporary poet and thinker Bernard Noël. He has also published English translations of poetry by Noël (including La Chute des temps / Timefall), Jacques Dupin, Jean-Michel Maulpoix and others, film-maker Bruno Dumont’s novels Humanity and Life of Jesus, and Emile Zola’s Thérése Raquin and La Joie de vivre / The Bright Side of Life (2018), both with Oxford World’s Classics. This last project was innovative in employing professional translation software, which has led to international presentations and publications in the very new field of Computer-Assisted Literary Translation (CALT).

He has accumulated almost 30 person-years’ experience as External Examiner for Master’s programmes in Translation in the UK and Ireland and examined numerous PhD dissertations on both translation and literary topics. He has acted as external consultant/validator for Translation programmes at several UK universities, as well as Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico) and the Arab Open University (Jordan). He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Modern and contemporary French literature and visual arts
  • Literary translation
  • Translation tools and technologies
  • Computer-Assisted Literary Translation
  • Translator training

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Following his arrival in Swansea in 1999 Professor Rothwell founded Swansea’s BA and MA programmes in Translation, which have always been at the forefront of training in computerised tools for translators, and also launched the thriving PhD in Translation programme. He took the MA in Professional Translation into the prestigious European Master’s in Translation (EMT) Network, set up by the European Commission to improve translator training, when it was founded in 2009 (the MA in Translation and Interpreting was admitted in 2019), and has been a member of the EMT Board since 2014. From 2011 he has also represented Swansea on the board of the unique METS (European Mobility in Professional Translation) Consortium, in which students can spend the second year of an Extended MA studying at two different universities abroad.