An Experiment in Multilingualism: Translating Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale and Dianeira into Italian

De Martino, Natalia (2018) An Experiment in Multilingualism: Translating Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale and Dianeira into Italian. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

This study analyses the potentialities of multilingualism as a translation strategy. It does so with the explicitly political aim of resisting and changing the way of thinking about, and doing, translation in Italy, where, for cultural and historical reasons also examined, engagement with the discipline is of a primarily practical and prescriptive nature. The multilingual translation strategy presented is also seen as a way of promoting a kind of literature which is more representative of the multilingual nature of contemporary society, as well as a critical tool for the understanding of the source texts. The relevance of this kind of strategy in the context of increasing multilingual pedagogical practices, such as CLIL, in Italian schools, is also considered.

The approach is practical, providing a multilingual translation of two full texts, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale (1988) and Dianeira (1999) – translated as Aedón and La moglie dell’eroe (The hero’s wife) respectively – and indepth commentary of extracts drawn from these translations. I examine reasons why multilingualism is a useful strategy in general and for the translation into Italian of these texts specifically, and I consider the consequences that the adoption of such a strategy might have on the source text and on the target culture, on translation studies in Italy and on the relationship between the reader and the translator.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Bruce Beckett
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 09:17
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 13:12
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67824
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