LINGUIST List 23.4684

Thu Nov 08 2012

Books: Post-Socialist Translation Practices: Pokorn

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Date: 06-Nov-2012
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Subject: Post-Socialist Translation Practices: Pokorn
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Title: Post-Socialist Translation PracticesSubtitle: Ideological struggle in children's literatureSeries Title: Benjamins Translation Library 103

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Nike K. Pokorn

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273048 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 128.00Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273048 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 85.00Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273048 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 71.00Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224538 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.10Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224538 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00Hardback: ISBN: 9789027224538 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 128.00


The book 'Post-Socialist Translation Practices' explores how Communism and Socialism, through their hegemonic pressure, found expression in translation practice from the moment of Socialist revolution to the present day. Based on extensive archival research in the archives of the Communist Party and on the interviews with translators and editors of the period the book attempts to outline the typical and defining features of the Socialist translatorial behaviour by re-reading more than 200 translations of children's literature and juvenile fiction published in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). Despite the variety of different forms of censorship that the translators in all Socialist states were subject to, the book argues that Socialist translation in different cultural and linguistic environments, especially where the Soviet model tried to impose itself, purged the translated texts of the same or similar elements, in particular of the religious presence. The book also traces how ideologically manipulated translations are still uncritically reprinted and widely circulated today.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics Translation

Written In: English (eng)

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