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A Waste of Shame
A Waste of Shame

Author(s): Dragoș Avădanei
Subject(s): Romanian Literature, Sociology of Culture, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Translation Studies, Theory of Literature, British Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: sonnet; Shakespeare; topologies of culture; translation; re-translation; interpretation; irreversibility;

Summary/Abstract: This is a study focusing on six topological variants of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129; the concept of “topologies of culture” is borrowed from George Steiner’s After Babel, and refers to all kinds of transformations that a text – a cultural artefact for that matter – can go through, as a result of various perspectives upon it; topologies thus include paraphrase, translation, parody, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, adaptation, imitation, parallelism, etc. Our six (types of) variants are: the original sonnet proper, a film that takes its title from the first line, a translation – in fact, two versions – into modern English, a prose translation into Romanian, criticism on the sonnet (five approaches), a Romanian literary version, and its re-translation into English; all together (and many other potential ones) are supposed to provide a complex picture of the meanings that can be extracted from the original.

  • Issue Year: 13/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 17-24
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English