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Translating Literature: Practice and Theory in a Comparative Literature Context

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ISBN-13: 978-0873523943
ISBN-10: 0873523946
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"An excellent introductory volume for teachers and students alike.... The effectiveness of Lefevere's volume is further underscored by his successful effort to focus his study across cultures, rather than favoring any specific language or genre." --Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography

About the Author

André Lefevere was Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: The Modern Language Association of America (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873523946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873523943
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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André Lefevere is a big name in Translation Studies. His seminal works include Translation, Rewriting and the Manipulation of Literary Frame (1992) and Literary Knowledge: A Polemical and Programmatic Essay on its Nature, Growth and Transmission (1977). In Translating Literature: Practice and Theory in a Comparative Literature Context he sheds light on the four levels of the translation process: illocutionary language use, ideology, poetics and universe of discourse. He contends that translators often encounter a sizeable number of problems at all four levels and should device strategies that enable them to surmount potential hurdles in the translation process. As he puts it, "Translators have to make decisions over and over again on the levels of ideology, poetics, and universe of discourse"(88). In other words, translators need to understand the position of the source text in the source literature and the source culture; without which the translation process gets nightmarish. Translation, in Lefevere's view is a two-pronged enterprise involving the product and process phases. Translators need to be cognizant of linguistic and extra-linguistic elements of the source texts in order to produce a translation that passes the test of dynamic equivalence. In a nutshell, Translating Literature: Practice and Theory in a Comparative Literature Context is a priceless working tool that would be very serviceable to translators, translation scholars and students of translation. I would recommend it for use by translation institutes and comparative literature departments nationwide.
Dr.Vakunta is a professional translator and professor of modern languages at DLI-Monterey, CA.
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Ho hum -- very predictable MLA stuff.
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