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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performance whose political efficacy was maintained in translation . The co -
production , in fact , was the result of four weeks of collaboration between Stalker
Teatro , The Working Party , local visual artists and members of the local
Translators of plays for performance work depend more on a sense of linguistic
anthropology , with its crucial sense of the cultural embeddedness of language ,
its rootedness in historical process , than on the exegesis of new critical
the play in its original performance . The translator ' s task is analogous to that of
the director , in this as in other aspects of their work : to return freshness to the
play by negotiating the connections that the play sought to make with its original ...
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