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Thu Oct 27 2011

Confs: Translation/Spain

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        1.     Jenny Brumme , Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers

Message 1: Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers
Date: 26-Oct-2011
From: Jenny Brumme <jenny.brummeupf.edu>
Subject: Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers
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Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers
Short Title: VSTT

Date: 18-Oct-2012 - 19-Oct-2012
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact: Elena Aguirre Fernández-Bravo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

Meeting Description:

The International Conference ‘The Voices of Suspense and their Translation in Thrillers’ (VSTT) aims to study fictional dialogue and its translation in suspense novels and films and in related genres. The particular interest in dialogue comes from the host of roles it plays in fiction. It helps create suspense and arouses a whole range of feelings related to the development and dénouement of the plot in the reader or the audience.

Moreover, fictional dialogue is the discursive method to evoke orality, confer authenticity and credibility on a plot and give fictional characters a voice. One of its main functions is to depict the characters, that is to say, it shapes the way they are and behave through speech, it gives their reasoning and thoughts credibility and contributes to developing their personality, distinguishing them from the others taking part in the action of the story.

As a narrative strategy, dialogue is an important resource that enables the writer to shape the characters’ subjectivity. Depending on the author’s preferences and the literary conventions of the time, this function can be important to varying degrees and may entail other functions, such as moving the plot along. Thus dialogue has different ways of materializing: from direct, reported or free indirect speech to internal monologue in a broad sense. In thrillers the character’s voice is part of the process of creating suspense, an element of uncertainty, anxiety and excitement, which is not exclusive to this genre. To clearly differentiate it from the tension created by other types of fiction, this conference aims to study the relationship between the characters’ voices and the building of suspense and to describe the translation difficulties arising from this particular interdependence.

So attention is focused on the translation of genres and subgenres, such as detective, terror and police procedural novels, as well as the different subtypes of thriller (political, legal, psychological). The conference also aims to study fictional dialogue in the different modalities of audiovisual translation, especially the dubbing and subtitling of films, TV series, adaptations and remakes, as well as the videogames that belong to the suspense genre.

Conference Fees:

Participants not presenting papers and students: 35 euros
Participants presenting papers: 100 euros
DTCL teachers (Universidad Pompeu Fabra): free
DteI teachers (Universidad Pontificia Comillas): free

Programme: in progress
Day 1: 16 papers in two parallel sessions
Day 2: 14 papers in two parallel sessions

Plenary sessions:
Dirk Delabastita, Suspense: the teller, the tale and the translator
Anna Espunya, Fictive orality, subjectivity and suspense in Agatha Christie's novels

Round table:
La traducción de la novela negra y del diálogo de suspense (Carmen Francí,
Carlos Fortea y Carmen Montes Cano)

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