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Shakespeare's 'Will sonnets' in Russian: The challenge of translating sexual puns
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2016 (English)In: Translation and Interpreting Studies, ISSN 1932-2798, E-ISSN 1876-2700, Vol. 11, no 1, 44-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines strategies implemented by Russian translators of Shakespeare’s sonnets 135 and 136 when dealing with puns on the word “will” in various senses. Seven translations spanning the period from 1880 to 2011 have been selected for analysis. These renderings of Shakespearian pun exhibit a wide range of translation strategies and various effects within the target texts. The analysis demonstrates that the majority of the selected translations reflect social taboos and censorship with regard to sexuality in Russian translated literature. However, two recent translations containing sexual allusions indicate changing norms in the post-Soviet period. Thus, translation of sexual puns may also be illustrative of the ways in which the target language’s norms influence the translators’ choices.

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 44-63 p.
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translation, Shakespeare, sonnets, pun, wordplay, Russian, sexual
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118892DOI: 10.1075/tis.11.1.03rasISI: 000376440000004OAI: diva2:917319
Available from: 2016-04-06 Created: 2016-04-06 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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