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Process, practice and landscapes of reception: An ethnographic study of theatre translation

Marinetti, Cristina ORCID: and Rose, Margaret 2013. Process, practice and landscapes of reception: An ethnographic study of theatre translation. Translation Studies 6 (2) , pp. 166-182. 10.1080/14781700.2013.777258

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This article discusses the reception of translated literature in the theatre by reflecting on an innovative theatre translation project. Drawing on the notion of landscapes as spaces of cultural flux (Appadurai 1996), the authors offer an analysis of the multiple agencies that mediate such reception. By reflecting on their own experiences of translating Rani Moorthy's play A Handful of Henna for the Italian stage, the authors propose a view of translation as a social dialogue making visible the multiple negotiations and conflicts that characterize the process of translation. While there is ample precedent of reflective accounts of translation practice (Booth 2008; Venuti 1998) and ethnographic approaches in translation studies (Buzelin 2006; Sturge 2007), this article brings together for the first time self-reflection and ethnography offering “a view from the agent” (Simeoni 1995, 457) that acknowledges and foregrounds the scholar's own “participation and involvement” (448).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-reflexive translation, ethnography, theatre translation, migrant communities, reception
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1478-1700
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 11:28

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