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Katherine Mansfield and Translation$
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Claire Davison, Gerri Kimber, and W. Todd Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400381

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400381.001.0001

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‘Among Wolves’ or ‘When in Rome’?: Translating Katherine Mansfield

‘Among Wolves’ or ‘When in Rome’?: Translating Katherine Mansfield

(p.119) ‘Among Wolves’ or ‘When in Rome’?: Translating Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield and Translation

Gerri Kimber

Edinburgh University Press

Following a brief discussion of what constitutes a ‘good’ translation, this chapter seeks to demonstrate how the translation of Katherine Mansfield’s fiction into French is a complex process, which has rarely been executed well. There are fundamental problems in translating fiction such as Mansfield’s, where literary nuances such as the use of free indirect discourse, her very precise punctuation, together with her particular brand of humour, which includes specific idiolects, seldom survive translation from English to French. An examination will also be made of more than one translation of the same text, where such translations exist, to determine whether these newer translations offer a more accurate rendering of Mansfield’s original texts.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, translation, idiolects, free indirect discourse, humour, punctuation

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