Chapter published in:Doubts and Directions in Translation Studies: Selected contributions from the EST Congress, Lisbon 2004
Edited by Yves Gambier, Miriam Shlesinger † and Radegundis Stolze
[Benjamins Translation Library 72] 2007
► pp. 127–135
Translational analysis and the dynamics of reading
This paper suggests that close reading of translations and their source texts, in a pedagogical context, can enhance university students’ awareness of literary reading as a dynamic process. The text-oriented work by the German reception theorist Wolfgang Iser (1978) serves as a point of departure. The pedagogical context described is Swedish university teaching of literature, but it is assumed that the basic ideas are relevant also for university teaching in other countries. An example from H. B. Paull’s English translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Steadfast Tin-Soldier” is given to illustrate the argument.
Keywords: comparative analysis, indeterminacy, literary reading, reception theory, teaching of literature
Published online: 13 July 2007
Cited by 2 other publications
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