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La littérature francophone en traduction : méthodes, pratiques et histoire

Journal article
Authors Katrien Lievois
Elisabeth Bladh
Published in Parallèles
Issue 28 (1)
Pages 2-27
ISSN 2296-6684
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 2-27
Language fr
Links dx.doi.org/10.17462/para.2016.01.01
Keywords Francophone literature, postcolonial approach, sociology of translation, paratext
Subject categories French language, Specific Literatures, Other Humanities not elsewhere specified

Abstract

Francophone literature in translation: methods, practice, history – Abstract This paper gives an overview of the field of translation of Francophone literature, that is, literature in French from outside of metropolitan France. Whereas it is not uncommon to consider Francophone writers as “translators” in a metaphorical sense, we are here only concerned with the literal meaning of the word “translation”. We mainly discuss approaches from postcolonial studies, multilingualism and the sociology of translation (translation flows and agents) and how the reception of this literature in the target culture is negotiated through paratextual and epitextual elements. Many studies have focused on English as target language. However, in order to better account for translation flows, we encourage future research on translations into German and Russian, as translations in other languages tend to follow. We would also like to stress the importance of studying intranslations in Francophone settings. Even though most translations into French are published in France, it is vital to learn more about the aspects of Francophone literature as a “receiving literature”.

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