Appearances: Character description as a network of signification in Russian translations of Jane Eyre

Kelbert, Eugenia (2021) Appearances: Character description as a network of signification in Russian translations of Jane Eyre. Target, 34 (2). pp. 219-250. ISSN 0924-1884

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Abstract

This article re-evaluates the theoretical import of networks of signification, one of Antoine Berman’s twelve deforming tendencies in translation. Taking Jane Eyre as a case study, the article considers character description as an example of a Bermanian network and traces the physical appearance of the novel’s characters across its six Russian translations. Character description represents a network that is traceable, depends on the reader’s ability to construct a visual mental image over the course of a narrative, has a tangible impact on characterisation, and remains relevant throughout a novel. It thus offers a concrete illustration of the relevance of networks of signification as a model for the systemic interpretative potential of translation variation. This analysis paves the way for further study of Bermanian networks and the ultimate integration of this concept in translation practice.

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Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84211
DOI: 10.1075/target.20079.kel

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