This blasted translation: or location, dislocation, relocation

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de Senna, P. 2009. This blasted translation: or location, dislocation, relocation. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance. 2 (3), pp. 255-265. https://doi.org/10.1386/jafp.2.3.255/1
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TitleThis blasted translation: or location, dislocation, relocation
Authorsde Senna, P.
Abstract

An analysis of my current practice, this article explores some of the issues surrounding the translation of Sarah Kane's seminal work, Blasted ([1995] 2001), into Brazilian Portuguese. It is an account of the process so far, from the early impulse to translate, through discussions with the director and actor/producer, and the thoughts and doubts that have plagued me since. A fundamental concern relates to the possibility or need to adapt the setting to a Brazilian (and specifically a Rio de Janeiro) context the problem Hale and Upton (2007) have called the dilemma over foreignization or domestication (2000: 7) and the implications of that adaptation. As tensions between the specific and the universal are dislocated, do they also become diluted? Even if the setting remains the same, are not the contingencies of production (accents, knowledge of a particular actor, even the theatre building itself) necessarily relocating an audience's theatrical experience? Where should, then, be the locus of this displacement? In the translation, the production, the performances?

LanguageEnglish
PublisherIngentaconnect
JournalJournal of Adaptation in Film & Performance
ISSN1753-6421
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2009
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Jun 2015
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/jafp.2.3.255/1
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