Voices in Translation: Bridging Cultural Divides
In choosing to render dialect and vernacular speech into Scots, Bill Findlay, to whose memory this volume is dedicated, made a pioneering contribution in safeguarding the authenticity of voices in translation. The scene of the book is set by an overview of approaches to rendering foreign voices in English translation including those of the people to whom Findlay introduced us in his Scots dialect versions of European plays. Martin Bowman, his frequent co-translator follows with a discussion of their co-translation of playwright Jeanne-Mance Delisle. Different ways of bridging the cultural divide in the translation between English and a number of plays written in a number of European languages are then illustrated including the custom of creating English versions, an approach rejected by contributions that argue in favour of minimal intervention on the part of the translator. But transferring the social and cultural milieu that the speakers of other languages inhabit may also cause problems in translation, as discussed by some translators of fiction. In addition attention is drawn to the translators' own attitude and the influence of the time in which they live. In conclusion, stronger forces in the form of political events are highlighted that may also, adversely or positively, have a bearing on the translation process.
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Unfortunately Europe was never much concerned about Polish poetry . This is as
regrettable as it is understandable , but it is a misfortune for Polish literature .
Because Polish novels , with few exceptions , do not rise above mediocrity and
Only 121 of these were by Polish authors , and only one publishing company had
a substantial proportion of Polish authors ( 40 % ) . While discussing the systemic
changes , Evan - Zohar ( 1990 : 48 ) states that when the literary system ...
However , all these symptoms do not constitute sufficient evidence to suggest that
the transformations in the Polish polysystem caused a radical and permanent
change in literary taste . Foreign models have ' infiltrated ' some aspects of the ...
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