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Paraphrase search: Michael Hamburguer and poetry translation

Grant number: 11/51993-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Languages
Principal researcher:John Milton
Grantee:Alípio Correia de Franca Neto
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/02251-9 - In Search of Paraphrase, BE.EP.PD   14/17321-7 - In search of paraphrase, BE.EP.PD

Abstract

Although Michael Hamburger did not create a translation theory, his inumerous critical writings and declarations on the translation of poetry, along with his own extensive bibliography of translations, are considered responsible for the emergence of a proprietary approach to poetry translation, which, simultaneously, gives the impression of being a counterpoint to the Poundian approach as well as being complementary and elucidative with regards to issues still being debated. Thus, our research has a number of objectives to review Pound concepts with regards to the translation of poetry; to trace the positions of Michael Hamburger in all his writing on this subject; to contrast these approaches and to focus on the idea that their divergence of opinion concerning the relationship between criticism and the activity of translating a poem. Our research will also attempt to show that Hamburger, even while taking advantage of Dryden's old'distinction with regards to the three types of translation, aspired to what the Augustan translator called "paraphrase", and that it is possible that requisites are established for the translation of a poem, as well as for a more objective evaluation of its literary value, and of its standing as a "translation" and not na "appropriation" or a "transcriação'', as Haroldo de Campos described it, by means of a more exact definition, not to mention a typology, of a paraphrase. (AU)

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