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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Among other important productions were those presented at the Théâtre du Bois
de Coulonge , Quebec City , in 1979 ; the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde , Montreal
, in 1981 ; and the Théâtre de la Bordée , Quebec City , in 1993 . The production
But , in theatre , it is important to remember that such interanimation occurs most
completely not on the page , but in the air between stage and auditorium .
Wolfgang Iser ( Budick & Iser , 1996 ) and ( Iser , 2000 ) describes the ' liminal ...
The meaning has to be deduced rather than exploding into the spectator ' s
consciousness . Moreover , the loss of reference to the world of nuns erodes an
important correlative for Rosita ' s arid existence . Another version attempts to
keep the ...
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