Post-socialist Translation Practices: Ideological Struggle in Children's Literature

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 188 pages
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The book Post-Socialist Translation Practices explores how Communism and Socialism, through their hegemonic pressure, found expression in translation practice from the moment of Socialist revolution to the present day. Based on extensive archival research in the archives of the Communist Party and on the interviews with translators and editors of the period the book attempts to outline the typical and defining features of the Socialist translatorial behaviour by re-reading more than 200 translations of children's literature and juvenile fiction published in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). Despite the variety of different forms of censorship that the translators in all Socialist states were subject to, the book argues that Socialist translation in different cultural and linguistic environments, especially where the Soviet model tried to impose itself, purged the translated texts of the same or similar elements, in particular of the religious presence. The book also traces how ideologically manipulated translations are still uncritically reprinted and widely circulated today.
 

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Contents

Towards a PostSocialist Translation Studies?
1
Eclectic and paradoxical frameworks
7
The historical background as reflected in translations
15
Stylistic reasons and problematic translators
39
Fairy tales without unhealthy additions
51
SnowWhite and RoseRed
62
Andersens Little Match Girl
67
Childrens bestsellers
75
Translations in Slovene primary school textbooks and readers
129
Translation has always been a political matter
139
The illusion of noninterference
155
Primary sources
159
Secondary sources
173
Archival records
185
Index
187
Copyright

Adapted literature for adults
113

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