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Title: Stylistic peculiarities in self-translation
Authors: Fahrutdinov, Rail R.
Maklakova, Natalia V.
Khovanskaya, Ekaterina S.
Keywords: Self-translation
Multilingualism and literature
Translating and interpreting
Bilingual authors
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977. Lolita
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation
Russian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Translations
Translating and interpreting -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Russia
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: University of Piraeus. International Strategic Management Association
Citation: Fahrutdinov, R. R., Maklakova, N. V., & Khovanskaya, E. S. (2017). Stylistic peculiarities in self-translation. European Research Studies Journal, 20(Special issue), 343-351.
Abstract: The paper deals with stylistic peculiarities which are characteristic of V. Nabokov’s self-translation of “Lolita”, his most famous novel. We analyze how the writer translates phraseological units that, on the one hand, are widely used in the source text and, on the other hand, present a real challenge for translators. The research identifies the reasons that caused the writer to translate his novel himself and studies the translation techniques employed by V. Nabokov. Reproducing “Lolita” in the Russian language the writer creates a new text targeting at the Russian reader. He overcomes the asymmetry of the positions in artistic freedom and creative independence of an author and a professional translator. His auto-translation represents “ideal” translation since the author is in a better position than any ordinary translator because he knows his creation as nobody else and has the authority to allow himself shifts in the translation which might not have been ‘allowed’ by another translator. The results of V. Nabokov’s self-translation can be regarded as certain “gold standards” for others to make use of.
ISSN: 11082976
Appears in Collections:European Research Studies Journal, Volume 20, Special Issue

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