Found in Translation
Greek Drama in English
By (author) J. Michael Walton
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Found in Translation by J. Michael Walton
Book DescriptionIn considering the practice and theory of translating Classical Greek plays into English from a theatrical perspective, Found in Translation, first published in 2006, also addresses the wider issues of transferring any piece of theatre from a source into a target language. The history of translating classical tragedy and comedy, here fully investigated, demonstrates how through the ages translators have, wittingly or unwittingly, appropriated Greek plays and made them reflect socio-political concerns of their own era. Chapters are devoted to topics including verse and prose, mask and non-verbal language, stage directions and subtext and translating the comic. Among the plays discussed as 'case studies' are Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus and Euripides' Medea and Alcestis. The book concludes with a consideration of the boundaries between 'translation' and 'adaptation', followed by an appendix of every translation of Greek tragedy and comedy into English from the 1550s to the present day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521861106
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. Michael Walton
Euripides Our Contemporary, Paperback (August 2009)
Euripides Our Contemporary is a major assessment and study of all of Euripides' plays organised by theme. For students, teachers and practitioners it's a perfect companion to Euripides' work and will lead to a deeper appreciation of the timeless appeal and the connections between his plays.
Found in Translation, Paperback (March 2009)
This 2006 book addresses the wider issues of transferring any piece of theatre from a source into a target language.
'Elektra', Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by J. Michael Walton
Euripides takes the old myth of Orestes' and Elektra's revenge on their mother Klytemnestra for their father Agamemnon's murder and reinterprets it in realistic, human terms. This translation was first performed together with 'Orestes and Iphigeneia in Tauris' as 'Agamemnon's Children' at the Gate Theatre, London, in 1995.
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Author Biography - J. Michael Walton
J. Michael Walton is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Drama at Hull University.
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