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Translating narrative and stylistic empathy in Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding

Abstract : This dissertation aims at studying the two French translations of Carson McCullers’s 1946 novel The Member of the Wedding, and additionally offers a more recent and personal vision of this novel with the translation of an excerpt from the novel. The present translation study was completed with a stylistic approach of the novel and of the official translations, thus taking into account the narrative devices, the grammar and the literary style of the novel. The main objective of this dissertation is to prove that themes like the main character’s loneliness, physical difference and potential sexual ambiguity (the main character is Frankie Addams, a pre-adolescent girl from the South of the United-States) were not only quite ahead of the novel’s time of publication, but they are especially present in the author’s writing style and thus introduce important challenges for the French translation. Indeed a good translation would have to consider the stylistic and narrative nuances of the present novel in order to account for the intrinsically “queer” atmosphere of the novel at best.
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Camille Le Gall. Translating narrative and stylistic empathy in Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding. Literature. 2018. ⟨dumas-01868253⟩



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