Celebrity Translation in British Theatre: Relevance and Reception, Voice and Visibility

Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
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  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 272 Seiten
978-1-350-09784-1 (ISBN)
This book explores the impact that high-profile and well-known translators have on audience reception of translated theatre. Using Relevance Theory as a framework, the book demonstrates how prior knowledge of a celebrity translator's contextual background can affect the spectator's cognitive state and influence their interpretation of the play.

Three canonical plays are analysed on the British stage: Mark Ravenhill's translation of Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, Roger McGough's translation of Tartuffe by Moliere and Simon Stephens' translation of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. Drawing on interviews, audience feedback, reviews, blogs and social media posts, Stock examines the extent to which audiences infer the celebrity translator's own voice from their translations. In doing so, he adds new perspectives to the long-standing debate on the visibility of the translator in both the process of translating and the reception of the translation.

Celebrity Translation in British Theatre offers an original approach to theatre translation that sheds light on the culture of celebrity and its capacity to attract new audiences to plays in translation.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-1-350-09784-1 (9781350097841)
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Robert Stock has a PhD from Warwick University, UK, following a 30-year career in commercial market research.
1. Setting the Scene
2. Celebrity Translation in a Theoretical Context
3. Celebrity Translation and Relevance Theory
4. Mark Ravenhill's Version of Bertolt Brecht's Leben des Galilei
5. Roger McGough's Version of Moliere's Tartuffe
6. Simon Stephens' Version of Henrik Ibsen's Et dukkehjem
7. From the Theoretical to the Empirical
8. Going Forward
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A long overdue exploration of the usefulness of Relevance Theory in the context of Translation Studies. * Jean Boase-Beier, Professor Emerita of Literature and Translation, University of East Anglia, UK *

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