Problemata literaria 71

The Limits of Literary Translation:
Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages

Ed. Javier Muñoz-Basols,
Catarina Fouto, Laura Soler González,
Tyler Fisher
2012, xvi, 370 pp.
(Problemata Literaria 71)
ISBN: 978-3-937734-97-2
54,- €

The Limits of Literary Translation is a breakthrough collection of essays which addresses translation in a truly interdisciplinary manner. As UNESCO’s General Director pointed out (23 April 2012 World Book and Copyright Day, 80th anniversary of Index Translationum): “Translation is the first step towards the rapprochement of peoples”…“a decentralizing experience, teaching diversity and dialogue.” Translation is the only true “world language” (La cultura traducida, Santoyo, 1983) and the role played by translators in building diverse cultures is aptly exemplified in the various chapters which deal with translations into and from all the languages of the Iberian Peninsula, including less explored target languages (Thai, Slovenian). This cutting-edge blend of research by senior and junior academics presents translation as a “testing ground” (Rutherford) in all literary genres. The final essays on songs, comics, graphic and audiovisual humour provide “pointers and eye-openers” (Zabalbeascoa) that help us address the issue of translated cultural identity (Muñoz-Calvo) and go “beyond the blinkers” of traditional academia.

Raquel Merino-Álvarez, Professor of Translation Studies
UPV/EHU, Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea


Part I. The Limits of Literary Translation in Prose Narrative · Milton M. Azevedo: Pérez-Reverte’s Alatriste Stories in English and Portuguese — Branka Kalenić Ramšak: “Looking at Flemish Tapestries from the Other Side”: On Don Quixote and Translation — Daniela Omlor: Translation as a Trope in Javier Marías’s Tu rostro mañanaSarah Roger: Translation and Identity in Borges’s “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”

Part II. The Limits of Literary Translation in Poetry · John Rutherford: The Impossibility of Literary Translation: The Medieval Galician Cantigas — Pasuree Luesakul: Neruda’s Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada and Lojo’s Finisterre in Thai: Cultural Bridges between Thailand and Latin America — Ronald Puppo: Intertextual Others in Voicing Verdaguer — Clara Marías Martínez: Translation and Imitation in Renaissance Spanish Poetry: A Case Study of Petrarch’s Sonnet, “S’amor non è” — Marcello Giugliano: Robert Frost’s Voices of Common People in Spanish and Catalan

Part III. The Limits of Literary Translation in Theater and Dramatic Dialogue · Jorge Braga Riera: The Limits of Translating Spanish Classical Drama into English — Amaranta Saguar García: One Translator, Two Translations, Three Theories: Christof Wirsung and CelestinaKathleen Jeffs: Prolonging the Pleasure: Gil Vicente and Jo Clifford’s Adaptations of Don Duardos for Ever-New Audiences — Maja Šabec: Lorca’s Drama in Slovenian: The Stylization of Popular Language

Part IV. Beyond the Limits: New Trends in Literary Translation · Xose A. Padilla and Elisa Gironzetti: Translating Graphic Jokes — Jacob Wilkenfeld: A Foreign Sound: Translating Caetano Veloso’s Song Lyrics — Patrick Zabalbeascoa: Translating Heterolingual Audiovisual Humor: Beyond the Blinkers of Traditional Thinking — Micaela Muñoz-Calvo: Asterix’s Voyage to Hispania: The Adventure of Translating Humor into the Languages of the Iberian Peninsula

“The essays of this volume reflect solid, researched work. They aim to present us with the latest experiences of theorists, scholars, professionals, and professors, and they offer a well-honed analysis of the theory and practice of texts in translation. They will challenge those who are interested in translation and in cultural studies, as they will broaden their knowledge in the different methodologies that were used in the essays. It will be an excellent choice for a theory of literary translation class”. Hispania 97.3 (2014): 519-520 – Ana Osan, Indiana University Northwest

“All in all, this publication presents an excellent, varied but balanced collection of papers.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 91.2 (2014): 213-214 – Brian Mott, Universitat de Barcelona

“La colección de ensayos The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages presenta interesantes aspectos de la traducción literaria, trata cuestiones multi e interdisciplinarias, aporta diferentes enfoques teóricos y prácticos, profundiza en la reflexión sobre esta importante actividad y sobre el papel de los traductores como creadores de puentes entre diferentes culturas. Los diecisiete ensayos conforman un interesante panorama de la teoría y la práctica de la traducción literaria desde la perspectiva ibérica, ofrecen nuevas visiones desbrozando caminos para nuevas investigaciones y para otros enfoques y entendimientos de la labor traductora.” Verba Hispánica 21 (2014): 251-256 – Jasmina Markič, Universidad de Ljubljana