Recreation and Style

Translating humorous literature in Italian and English

Brigid Maher | La Trobe University
ISBN 9789027224385 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027286888 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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This volume explores the translation of literary and humorous style, including comedy, irony, satire, parody and the grotesque, from Italian to English and vice versa. The innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical approach places the focus on creativity and playful rewriting as central to the translation of humour. Analysing translations of works by Rosa Cappiello, Dario Fo, Will Self and Anthony Burgess, the author explores literary translation as a form of exchange between translated and receiving cultures. In a final case study she recounts her own strategies in translating the work of Milena Agus, exploring humour, creation and recreation from the perspective of the translator and demonstrating the benefits of critical engagement with both the theory and the practice of translation. This unique contribution to the study of humour and literary style in translation will be of interest to scholars of translation, humour, comparative literature, and literary and cultural studies.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 90] 2011.  ix, 193 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] an innovative and thought provoking critical study [...]. Maher’s conclusions are sophisticated, bold and original [...] with great thought and creativity exuding from almost every page.”
“[...] an exemplary approach. [...] a serious contribution to our knowledge of the field of humour translation.”
“Brigid Maher has succeeded in providing a quite excellent study of the topic. She is well versed in the scholarship of Translation Studies and she contributes novel insights of her own. In addition, she writes in a clear, even sprightly, style. [...] This is the first work by a young scholar, a stimulating, well written book, an invaluable discussion of a delicate area of Translation Studies, and one which offers penetrating insights.”
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2021. Introduction. In Border-Crossing and Comedy at the Théâtre Italien, 1716–1723,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Translating foregrounding in literary and non-literary texts, foregrounding translator’s conscious and unconscious thought. Neohelicon 46:1  pp. 261 ff. DOI logo
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies

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CFP: Translation & interpretation

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LAN023000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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