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‘Italianness’ in English-language novels: intratextual translation as a representational tool

Primon, Julie 2020. ‘Italianness’ in English-language novels: intratextual translation as a representational tool. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 17 10.1080/14790726.2020.1746351

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Abstract

A contemporary writer choosing to set a narrative in a different country might find themselves desirous to represent multilingualism (or ‘heterolingualism’, the term preferred by Rainier Grutman) on the page. Bringing a different language into the main language of the text, however, can be a complicated process. Using terminology introduced by Meir Sternberg in 1981, this article looks at three examples of contemporary British novels set partly in Italy: Virginia Baily’s Early One Morning, Adam Foulds’s In the Wolf’s Mouth and Penelope Fitzgerald’s Innocence. Particular attention will be paid to the different ways in which the narratives integrate Italian language into their English text, and to the different purposes served by intratextual translation strategies, before pointing out some of the limits of intratextual translation as a representational tool.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Writing; literature; translation; language; multilingualism; fiction
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1479-0726
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 April 2020
Date of Acceptance: 2 March 2020
Last Modified: 01 May 2020 01:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/131265

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