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Self-translation and orality: the case of bilingual stand-up comedy

Palmieri, Giacinto (2017) Self-translation and orality: the case of bilingual stand-up comedy Perspectives. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Self-translation and orality have independently received much attention in translation studies, but their intersection has been virtually ignored. An opportunity to fill this gap is offered by the case of stand-up comedians who perform in more than one language. Contrary to theories in which the freedom of the self-translator is viewed in purely negative terms, the reflections of J.L. Borges suggest that self-translation represents a means of making the text fluid. This fluidity is also recognised as a distinguishing mark of oral communication, as is shown by the case of stand-up comedy. Oral self-translation, then, grants its (unwritten) text some sort of double fluidity. This hypothesis is corroborated through interviews with bilingual comedians on the issue of the directionality of their translation. The problematic nature of this directionality confirms that, in orally self-translated stand-up comedy, variation and repetition of content can be described as a continuum across time and languages.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Palmieri, Giacintog.palmieri@surrey.ac.uk0000-0002-0683-6963
Date : 7 September 2017
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council
Identification Number : 10.1080/0907676X.2017.1351457
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Uncontrolled Keywords : Self-translation; Orality; Stand-up comedy; Oral translation; Performance translation; Borges
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 11 Oct 2017 14:23
Last Modified : 11 Oct 2017 14:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842516

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