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Translating Emotion

Studies in Transformation and Renewal Between Languages


Edited By Kathleen Shields and Michael Clarke

This collection of essays can be situated in a development that has been underway in translation studies since the early 1990s, namely the increasing focus on translators themselves: translators as embodied agents, not as instruments or conduits. The volume deals with different kinds of emotion and different levels of the translation process. For example, one essay examines the broad socio-cultural context, and others focus on the social event enacted in translation, or on the translator’s own performative act. Some of the essays also problematize the linguistic challenges posed by the cultural distance of the emotions embodied in the texts to be translated.
The collection is broad in scope, spanning a variety of languages, cultures and periods, as well as different media and genres. The essays bring diverse questions to a topic rarely directly addressed and map out important areas of enquiry: the translator as an emotional cultural intermediary, the importance of emotion to cognitive meaning, the place of emotion in linguistic reception, and translation itself as a trope whereby emotion can be expressed.


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Contents Acknowledgements vii KATHLEEN SHIELDS AND MICHAEL CLARKE Introduction 1 FLORIAN KROBB Emotions Contained and Converted: Goethe’s Roman Elegies and Translation 9 MICHAEL CLARKE Translation and Transformation: A Case Study from Medieval Irish and English 29 JOHN KINSELLA East Meets West: Some Portuguese Translations of Eastern Poetry 55 CORMAC Ó CUILLEANÁIN Channelling Emotions, Eliciting Responses: Translation as Performance 67 KATHLEEN SHIELDS Auditory Images as Sites of Emotion: Translating Gerard Manley Hopkins into French 87 MICHAEL CRONIN A Dash of the Foreign: The Mixed Emotions of Dif ference 107 vi MICHELLE WOODS Love and Other Subtitles: Comedic and Abusive Subtitling in Annie Hall and Wayne’s World 125 Bibliography 145 Notes on Contributors 159 Index 161

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