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Le denominazioni proprie nelle traduzioni italiane della narrativa contemporanea polacca
Proper names in Italian translations of contemporary Polish novels

Author(s): Joanna Ozimska
Subject(s): Language studies, Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: proper names; onomastics; Polish novels; translation studies; Polish literature; Italian translation; toponyms
Summary/Abstract: Proper names are important in social life due to numerous features and they are an interesting material for literary creation. Nomina propria present on the pages of contemporary Polish novels because of their form and semantics can be a source of information about the value, trends in naming, may also constitute a challenge for literary translators. The aim of this study is to examine translation strategies and techniques applied to different categories of proper names within contemporary Polish fiction translated into Italian and to demonstrate that the names used in literature can be a translation problem worthy of deeper understanding and description due to the complex nature of proper names. The study has been conducted to investigate names of the twenty selected novels published in Italy in the years 2002–2013 by well known publishing houses as well as by smaller ones, specialized in Slavic literature. The analyzed novels were written by Andrzej Stasiuk, Olga Tokarczuk, Jacek Dehnel, Jerzy Pilch, Dorota Masłowska, Paweł Huelle, Katarzyna Grochola, Tomek Tryzna, Małgorzata Musierowicz, Marek Krajewski, Wojciech Kuczok. The analyzed material belongs to the modern canon of Polish prose, which – as research has shown – is among the literature willingly translated into foreign languages, not only European, as evidenced by the data presented in the first chapter of the thesis, provided by the Book Institute located in Cracow, an institution created in 2004 to promote the Polish language and literature in the world. // I nomi propri svolgono un ruolo importante nella vita sociale, e, viste le loro caratteristiche, sono un materiale interessante per il mondo letterario. I nomina propria presenti nelle pagine dei romanzi contemporanei polacchi a causa della loro forma e della loro semantica possano essere una fonte di informazioni sui valori, tendenze, mode relativi alla denominazione, possono anche costituire una sfida per i traduttori letterari. Lo scopo di questo studio è analizzare le strategie traduttologiche applicate a diverse categorie di onimi dai traduttori della narrativa contemporanea polacca tradotta in italiano e dimostrare che le risorse onomastiche letterarie sono sempre un problema traduttologico, degno di approfondimento e di descrizione, data la complessità della natura dei nomi propri.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8142-248-2
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-8142-247-5
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Italian