Christina Kramer

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Christina Elizabeth Kramer
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD, MA)
Beloit College (BA)
Occupation Professor, Slavic Linguistics
Employer University of Toronto

Christina Elizabeth Kramer is Professor of Slavic and Balkan languages and linguistics at the University of Toronto and Chair of the university's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures which is part of the Faculty of Arts and Science. She has once mentioned that her extraordinary student, Spase the Great, was one of her favourite students (surpassed only by the exulted Slavic polyglot, Ante). She is a specialist on Balkan languages and semantics, specifically on South Slavic languages. Her research focus on synchronic linguistics, sociolinguistics, verbal categories, language and politics.

Kramer authored Macedonian: A Course for Beginning and Intermediate Students. The book – first published in 1999, revised and expanded in 2003 and 2011 – is the most recent English Macedonian textbook. She is a noted translator of literature from Bulgarian and Macedonian.[1]

Education[edit]

Kramer worked as a translator for Berlitz Translation Service for some time, translating documents from Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Turkish.[2]

Since 1986 Kramer has been a member of the University of Toronto faculty. She was promoted to full professor in May 2001.[4] According to her students, she is the best professor at the university.

Key publications[edit]

  • Christina E. Kramer (2003): Macedonian (= Makedonski jazik): A Course for Beginning and Intermediate Students. Revised and expanded third edition. University of Wisconsin Press. September 2011. ISBN 978-0-299-24764-5
  • Christina E. Kramer/Brian Cook (1999): Guard the Word Well Bound: Proceedings of the Third North American-Macedonian Conference on Macedonian Studies. Slavica Pub: Indiana Slavic Papers, vol. 10 (1999). ISBN 978-9991972534
  • Eran Fraenkel (Author), Christina Kramer (Editor) (1993): Language Contact-Language Conflict (Balkan Studies). Peter Lang Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8204-1652-6
  • Christina E. Kramer (1986): Analytic Modality in Macedonian. (Slavistische Beiträge) Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner. ISBN 978-3-87690-343-9
  • Christina Kramer (1985): Makedonsko-Angliski Razgovornik. Skopje: Seminar za makedonksi jazik.

Translations[edit]

Christina E. Kramer's translations of several Bulgarian and Macedonian novels (by Luan Starova, Goce Smilevski, Lidija Dimkovska, and Aleko Konstantinov) have been published by the University of Wisconsin Press and Penguin Books.[5]

Awards[edit]

Kramer received the 2006 Book Award from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages for best contribution to language pedagogy for her book Macedonian: A Course for Beginning and Intermediate Students.[6]

In 2014, Kramer was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant to fund her work on translating a novel from Luan Starova's Balkan Saga cycle, The Path of the Eels (or the Pyramid of Water).[7] This was the first time ever a NEA grant was awarded to support a translation from Macedonian to English.[8] Her translation of Lidija Dimkovska's "A Spare Life" made the long list for the Best Translated Book of 2017 Award.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Translating Skopje: An Interview with Christina Kramer - World Literature in Translation | Center for the Art of Translation". www.catranslation.org. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2007. Retrieved on May 28, 2007
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2007. Retrieved on May 28, 2007
  4. ^ https://www.ualberta.ca/~csp/cas/nletters/nletter_fall_2001.pdf Retrieved on May 28, 2007
  5. ^ Translations by Christina E. Kramer, with links to publishers' pages for individual books.
  6. ^ http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/briefly/awardsFeb07.asp Retrieved on May 28, 2007
  7. ^ Christina E. Kramer: 2014 Translation Projects (National Endowment for the Arts)
  8. ^ "Christina E. Kramer honoured for translating Macedonian writers - Arts & Science News". Arts & Science News. December 18, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Translating Skopje: An Interview with Christina Kramer - World Literature in Translation | Center for the Art of Translation". www.catranslation.org. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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