Jan Steyn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction, Literary Translation and French

Jan is a translator and critic of literature written in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, and French. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. His academic work focuses on translation theory, critical contemporaneity, and world literature. He is the editor of Translation: Crafts, Contexts, Consequences (Cambridge University Press 2022). And he is currently working on a monograph entitled World Literature for the Times: How Translations and Adaptations Create Contemporaneity

Research Interests

  • World Literature & Theories of World
  • Literary Translation & Translation Theory
  • Contemporary French & Francophone Literature
  • African Literature (especially Francophone and South African)
  • Global Anglophone Literature (including, as a matter of axiomatic principle, literature translated into English)
Research areas
  • French
Jan Steyn
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Contact Information

638 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States