Translation of an extract from Marc-Uwe Kling’s 'Die Känguru-Chroniken' into English: commentary on translation strategy and literary translation theory.

Hancock, Pollyanna Jane (2015) Translation of an extract from Marc-Uwe Kling’s 'Die Känguru-Chroniken' into English: commentary on translation strategy and literary translation theory. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The topic of this dissertation is the translation of an extract from Marc-Uwe Kling’s 'Die Känguru-Chroniken' from German into English, in addition to a commentary, referring to both the translation strategy and the theory of translating literature. The aim of the research conducted is to establish the most appropriate way in which to translate the source text into English. Considering that German is the second most common source language for translations published in the UK (Donahaye, 2012, p. 48), it is plausible that this text may be translated for a British readership. It is ultimately concluded that the best way in which to proceed is by producing an idiomising translation of 'Die Känguru-Chroniken'; applying dynamic equivalence; and adopting a strategy of both domestication and foreignisation. With regard to verbally expressed humour, it is recommended that target language idioms are used or, if none exist, that alternatives which evoke the desired humour are provided. When confronted with the use of accent, dialectisation should be implemeted, and in the case of dialect, it is suggested that this be normalised. Finally, the conclusion is drawn that areas addressed within the dissertation could be used to aid German to English translation across the literary genre.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 16:20
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 16:20
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17651

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