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The retranslation of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’: a case study

Abstract : The various French translations of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have often been criticised for their translational flaws, especially in the way they have handled the language specificities in the novel. We will try and see how the new translation by Bernard Hoepffner, published by Tristram in 2008, breaks with some earlier versions as to the way Huck’s voice has been translated. Attention will be devoted to the project underlying the new translation, which will be put to the test through the examination of quantitative but mostly qualitative aspects and the study of various markers (lexical, phono-graphological, morphological, syntactic and grammatical) that show how inventive the translator has been. The last part of the presentation will focus on the reception of this translation in France and on the qualifications that might be brought to bear on this unanimously acclaimed work.
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Corinne Wecksteen-Quinio. The retranslation of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’: a case study. Masterclass : The retranslation of ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’: a case study, ISCAP (Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto); Centro de Estudos Interculturais, Apr 2015, Porto, Portugal. pp. 2-27. ⟨hal-03290334⟩



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