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Found in Translation: Strategies by which Translators Render the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine Accessible to Anglophone Readers

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dc.contributor.author Christian, Mary
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-06T17:06:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-06T17:06:42Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06
dc.identifier.issn 1718-8482
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/1210
dc.description.abstract Literary translation, particularly that of poetry and other works in verse, presents many challenges because these works convey meaning not only through words themselves, but through images, sounds, and structural devices that often resist passage from one language to another. Nevertheless, a skillful translator can often use the poetic techniques of the receptor language to create a text that offers the receptor language's native speakers an experience analogous to that of native speakers of the text's original language in reading the original text. This article illustrates strategies of successful poetic translation, using one of Jean de la Fontaine's fables, "Le Lion et le Moucheron" ("The Lion and the Gnat"), as an example. Part One explicates the original French text, noting the contributions of characterization, diction, and structure to the fable's cumulative effect. Part Two examines four English translations of the same fable, comparing the techniques by which Elizur Wright, Sir Edward Marsh, Marianne Moore, and James Michie seek to recreate the didactic and entertaining qualities of La Fontaine's narrative. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal en
dc.subject La Fontaine, Jean De, 1621-1695. Fables. en
dc.subject Translating and interpreting en
dc.title Found in Translation: Strategies by which Translators Render the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine Accessible to Anglophone Readers en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty Union College en
dc.publisher.institution Union College en

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