A Narrative Perspective
Further, on the basis of Bourdieu’s sociological concepts, especially habitus, this study makes an attempt to interpret the different strategies adopted by different translators, including scholar/non-scholar translators, L1/L2 translators, and translators of the 1930s and 40s and those of the 1980s onwards.
Chapter Five. Paratexts in Narration – Translators’ Notes 139
139 Chapter Five. Paratexts in Narration – Translators’ Notes To cope with translation problematics in a narrative work, translators’ overt intrusions, in addition to the original author’s intrusions, demand due attention. The present study finds that the translators have demonstrated two tendencies in their overt intrusions, which especially appear when they render specific culture-loaded or locality-related items: one is in-text explicitation, to explicate the original texts by inserting detailed explanations inside the texts; the other is out-text interpretation, to supply background information by adding footnotes or endnotes, which corresponds to what Appiah calls “thick-translation”, that is, “the ‘academic’ translation, translation that seeks with its annotations and its accompanying glosses to locate the text in a rich cultural and linguistic context” (Appiah, 1993: 817). As some of the explications, the inserted details, have been discussed together with other strategies in the previous sections, this section focuses on the “thick translations”, the added translators’ footnotes and endnotes. In the selected stories, the translators’ notes are mostly concerned with items full of cultural or historical meanings, special local particularities, or the local dialect, which relate to features in the ST. In order to explicitly clarify the meanings involved in these items, translators employ footnotes or endnotes. According to Genette, the functions of notes are to “serve as a supplement, sometimes a digression, very rarely a commentary” (Genette, 1997: 327). Within this present study, almost all the added notes serve as supplements. 140 5.1 A General Overview Within the scope of the fifteen translations of...
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