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Luzel’s ghosts: The unfinished business of translating folktales for performance

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posted on 06.03.2018, 14:20 by Michael WilsonMichael Wilson
This article emerges from the author’s work on translating a selection of folktales collected by the nineteenth-century Breton folklorist Francois-Marie Luzel. It argues for a new approach to the translation of folktale texts that draws less from the traditions of literary translation and more from the current thinking around stage translation. It proposes that our understanding of the folktale text could benefit from a consideration of theatre scholarship (particularly Marvin Carlson’s theories of ‘ghosting’) and that the emergence in recent decades of the figure of the contemporary professional storyteller asks us to think of the folktale not simply as a text of performance, but as a text for performance. Furthermore, it argues that the act of translation is in itself an act of performance, made within the context of all previous performances and is, therefore, like all performances, provisional, incomplete and subject to revision.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

Book 2.0

Volume

7

Issue

2

Pages

159 - 168 (10)

Citation

WILSON, M., 2017. Luzel’s ghosts: The unfinished business of translating folktales for performance. Book 2.0, 7 (2), pp.159-168.

Publisher

© Intellect

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/12/2017

Publication date

2017-11-01

Notes

This paper was published in the journal Book 2.0 and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1386/btwo.7.2.159_1.

ISSN

2042-8022

Language

en