Thomas Mann in English: A Study in Literary Translation [NOOK Book]

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Thomas Mann owes his place in world literature to the dissemination of his works through translation. Indeed, it was the monumental success of the original English translations that earned him the title of 'the greatest living man of letters' during his years in American exile (1938-52). This book provides the first systematic exploration of the English versions, illustrating the vicissitudes of literary translation through a principled discussion of a major author. The study illuminates the contexts in which the...
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Thomas Mann in English: A Study in Literary Translation

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Overview

Thomas Mann owes his place in world literature to the dissemination of his works through translation. Indeed, it was the monumental success of the original English translations that earned him the title of 'the greatest living man of letters' during his years in American exile (1938-52). This book provides the first systematic exploration of the English versions, illustrating the vicissitudes of literary translation through a principled discussion of a major author. The study illuminates the contexts in which the translations were produced before exploring the transformations Mann's work has undergone in the process of transfer. An exemplary analysis of selected textual dimensions demonstrates the multiplicity of factors which impinge upon literary translation, leading far beyond the traditional preoccupation with issues of equivalence. Thomas Mann in English thus fills a gap both in translation studies, where Thomas Mann serves as a constant but ill-defined point of reference, and in literary studies, which has focused increasingly on the author's wider reception.
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"Horton (Saarland Univ., Germany) presents a detailed analysis of the English translatiosn of Thomas Mann...Horton's archival research unearthed much little-known information about the remarkable triangle of Mann, Lowe-Porter, and Knopf...Summing Up: Highly Recommended. All students, researchers/faculty, general audiences." – J. Hardin, emeritus, University of South Carolina, CHOICE 

"Thomas Mann in English makes us aware of the daunting task that Mann’s translators face when approaching his work, and gives us a new appreciation for their creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. [...] a book that not only offers meticulously close and sensitive readings of Thomas Mann and his translators, but also serves as a model for future studies of translations." – Todd Kontje, University of California, San Diego, Translation and Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441166807
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/11/2013
  • Series: New Directions in German Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

David Horton teaches English Translation Studies at Saarland University, Germany
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Table of Contents

Introduction / Part One: Contexts / 1. Thomas Mann in English translation: History and reception / 2. 'Englishing it': H. T. Lowe-Porter, Thomas Mann and the practice of translation / Part Two: Texts / 3. Cross-textual translation profiling: Describing the translator's fingerprint / 4. Transferring the / paratextual: The translation of titles / 5. The translation of discourse forms: Speech and thought / presentation / 6. Translating modes of address as an index of interpersonal dynamics / 7. Syntactic form and literary meaning in translation / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index
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