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Hamlet lives happily ever after in Arabic: the genesis of the field of drama translation in Egypt

Hanna, S 2005, 'Hamlet lives happily ever after in Arabic: the genesis of the field of drama translation in Egypt' , The Translator, 11 (2) , pp. 167-192.

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Abstract

In writing the history of drama translation in Egypt, historians have mostly conceived of translation in terms of a linear progression from infidelity to fidelity. The sweeping obsession with the linguistic proximity of translated drama to its corresponding source text has tended to blind these historians to the overall network of socio-cultural and aesthetic factors that conditioned the production, circulation and reception of drama translation in late 19th- and early 20th century Egypt. This paper challenges mainstream histories of the early translations of Shakespeare’s drama in Egypt through a reading of the first published translation of ‘Hamlet’ into Arabic (1902). Drawing on Bourdieu’s genetic sociology, this translation is read against the backdrop of an emerging field of drama translation, and hence is shown to reveal the influence of the socio-cultural factors that conditioned the formation of this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Arabic, drama, Pierre Bourdieu, Egypt
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PE English
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Translating and Interpreting
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The Translator
Publisher: St. Jerome Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13556509
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Depositing User: SF Hanna
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 13:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2179

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