Ranked among the best: translation and cultural agency in restoration translations of French drama

Roberts, David (2013) Ranked among the best: translation and cultural agency in restoration translations of French drama. The Modern Language Review, 108 (2). pp. 396-415. ISSN 0026-7937

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Abstract

How should we write the history of dramatic translation from French to English in the Restoration period? An emerging orthodoxy has represented the process as one of growing English confidence in the face of the superior economic and cultural power of France. However, close reading of the ‘paratexts’ of translation and their rich layers of metaphorical suggestion poses a more complex picture. The influence of patrons, audiences, and performers forced playwrights to accept and inflect a degree of cultural hybridity in their transactions with French culture that is out of kilter with dominant historical narratives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 29, David Roberts
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0396
Date: 1 April 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theater, Playwriting, Theater criticism, Authorship attribution, Paratext, Translated works, Narrative history, Book dedications, Prologues, Poetry
Subjects: Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > School of English
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA27: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Users 18 not found.
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 13:16
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 18:35
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/345

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