Bewitched or befogged in a magical world? Chinese translations of culture-specific items in a Harry Potter novel.Shaio, Yah-Ying Elaine Unknown Date (has links)
The present research concerns the translation of the Culture-Specific Items (CSI) from the original English version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban into two Chinese renditions, a Mainland Chinese version and a Taiwanese version. CSI translation involves not only the transmission of language but also that of culture. In this research, the writer seeks to establish how the two professional translators dealt with four areas of CSIs in the relevant translations. These four areas are: character names, place/shop names, charms/magic formulae, and magical creatures. These are the elements that are important in constructing the background and atmosphere of the story, and sometimes carry cultural or language specific connotations that are difficult to translate. The researcher analysed the CSI translation strategies used by the two translators on the basis of a new categorisation, based on previous researchers' taxonomies. By analysing both quantitative and qualitative data, the thesis writer was concerned with how these CSIs were translated into the two versions, whether the two versions tend to be source-text or target-text oriented, and how the connotations of the originals were conveyed in the target texts. The study found that the translation of proper names, such as character names and place/shop names, was more conservative, which may have been due to traditional Chinese translation conventions. The renderings of these two groups of CSIs showed a significant tendency toward the preservation of the original sounds. By comparison, substitutive strategies were used more frequently in the translation of magic formulae and magical creatures than in the translation of character names and place/shop names. Findings of this research also indicated that even though both translators preferred conservative strategies in most cases, the Taiwanese translator seemed to have adopted substitutive strategies in a slightly larger number of cases than the Mainland Chinese translator. At the end of this thesis, some possible explanations of the differences found between translations of the two versions are presented, followed by some suggestions for further studies.
Mejia, Lillian Lynette
02 September 2015
<p> This thesis explores the intersection of fairy tales with late twentieth and early twenty-first century science fiction - specifically, the reimagining of classic fairy tales within science fictional settings. I will begin with an overview of the ways in which fairy tales and science fiction seem particularly well-suited for such an endeavor, in terms of similarity of common themes, structure, and narrative device. Next, I will examine two recent examples: Caitlín R. Kiernan's "The Road of Needles," and Tanith Lee's "Beauty," noting deviations from the traditional source material and highlighting the ways in which the original stories have been updated for modern audiences. Finally, I will offer several of my own stories that reimagine fairy tales in science fiction settings: "Curiosity," a retelling of "The Little Mermaid," "I Dream the Snowfall, the Red Earth of Mars," a retelling of "Snow White," and "Match Girl," a retelling of "The Little Match Girl."</p>
Bartch, Michael Christopher
01 June 2009
This paper considers the embodied ethics of Geoffrey Hills poetic practice. Hill stages his engagement with poetry through the idioms, images, tropes, and diction of the literary tradition. Through this pragmatic rehearsal of the language of the dead, Hills poetry projects the tradition into the present. Hill resists the ethical entrapments of appropriative poetry through his insistence upon the brute physicality of atrocity and through a rigorous (for both poet and reader) formal difficulty. Hills practice refuses to console after the models of Peter Sacks, Jahan Ramazani, or John Vickery. Instead, concerned with modernitys disconnectedness, Hills poetry returns us to the presence of the dead, to their ritual and language. Alternatively, because Hills subjects are historical atrocities, rather than natural occurrences, the sort of communal consolation that the elegy traditionally offered would be inappropriate to Hills concerns. These atrocities are, most frequently, instances of human violence (the Holocaust, the Battle of Towton, the Wars of the Roses, etc.) and, for this reason, they do not lend themselves to the consolations of natural cycles of death and rebirth. Since they were often committed in the name of religion, Christian transcendence is similarly questionable, as are other consolatory transcendences. These conventional modes of consolation being denied, Hills poetry reconnects us with the dead through the formal devices and techniques of the historical institution of poetry. Through the rigorous engagement with and sacrificial making of poetry, Hill attempts to redeem tradition and history for the present.
A Revision of Family and Domesticity in Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, and The HoursStruck, Tracy Joy 19 September 2007 (has links)
Primarily through the experiences of his gay protagonists, Michael Cunningham critiques the heteronormative nuclear family structure of the 1950s and depicts alternatives to it. Drawing on the work of feminist critics who focus on the political intent of American women authors during the nineteenth century, the findings of family historians who examine families of the 1950s, and the work of anthropologist Kath Weston, I argue that Michael Cunningham represents domesticity in ways that promote readers' appreciation of and support for alternative family models.
House, Homer C.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Nebraska University, 1909. / Bibliography: p. 77.
Thesis--Bonn. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references (p. 212-222).
Tarle, Naomi Beth.
Thesis (M.F.A.)--Boise State University, 2009. / Includes abstract. Includes bibliographical references (leaf 42).
Inaug.-diss.--Münster. / Lebenslauf. At head of title: Germanistik. "Literaturverzeichnis": p. 45.
Inaug.-Diss.--Freie Universität, Berlin. / Vita. Bibliography: p. -167.
Inaug.-Diss.--Halle-Wittenberg. / Lebenslauf. "Quellenverzeichnis": p. vii-x.
Page generated in 0.1235 seconds