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Polish reception of translated postcolonial literature 1970–89. A metametonymic study

Goluch, Dorota 2021. Polish reception of translated postcolonial literature 1970–89. A metametonymic study. In: Heydel, Magda and Ziemann, Zofia eds. Retracing the History of Literary Translation in Poland. People, Politics, Poetics, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 144-162.

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Featuring a large-scale reception study, this chapter illuminates a little-known topic in the history of Polish literary translation. It examines Polish reviews of translated postcolonial prose (1970–89) which explicitly discuss the reviewed texts as translations; it demonstrates that the reviewers expect the translations to provide knowledge about postcolonial peoples or to reflect the literariness of postcolonial writing. The reviewers’ attitudes towards translation are framed – but not determined – by Cold War politics and Orientalising discourses. Furthermore, this chapter contributes to theoretical discussions on translating postcolonial literature. Based on my empirical study, I show that the effects of a norm-breaking, foreignising translation strategy are context-dependent, and I propose adding what I term ‘non-standard fluency’ to Lawrence Venuti’s discussion of fluency. My analysis also engages with Maria Tymoczko’s metametonymic approach to translation: I argue for the importance of Jakobsonian selection to her approach and suggest that reception research be added to its methodological repertoire.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: postcolonial translation metonymics translation effect translation fluency reception Cold War Ngũgi wa Thiong’o Zofia Kierszys
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780367343750
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 11:30

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