[KS] Competing Translations
mjpettid2000 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 8 07:53:27 EDT 2008
Dear Ross and colleagues,
I concur completely. Who is to say whatever is out 'there' in translations should not be challenged with another rendition? It is not a waste of time or repetition, but another understanding of a work.
In a perfect world translations would be done once and that would suffice; however, we aren't perfect, so a couple of attempts might add to the general understanding of a difficult work. This is, of course, all the more true for premodern works that are neglected for the most part.
Associate Professor of Korean and Korean Literature
--- On Tue, 7/8/08, Ross King <jrpking at interchange.ubc.ca> wrote:
> From: Ross King <jrpking at interchange.ubc.ca>
> Subject: Re: [KS] Competing Translations
> To: ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr, "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
> Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 10:33 AM
> Dear Brother Anthony and colleagues:
> While it would be nice, in a perfect world, to know what
> other translators are doing all the time, it seems rather
> unreasonable to achieve this, and I am not persuaded that
> having multiple translations of the same work is a bad
> thing or a 'waste of time', especially if we're
> talking about students and translators who are still
> learning their craft.
> When it comes time to _publish_ such translations, yes, for
> copyright and other legal reasons, this becomes important,
> but in my ideal world, multiple (published) translations of
> the same work is not a bad thing, and there are plenty of
> precedents for this in the world of literary translation.
> On a related note, taking too much of a proprietary
> attitude toward translations (the whole 'agents'
> thing) is already stifling interest in certain authors on
> the part of certain translators, and this is something that
> the struggling field of Korean literature in translation can
> ill afford. The more the merrier.
> Ross King
> Professor of Korean and Head of Department,
> University of British Columbia,
> Department of Asian Studies
> Dean, Korean Language Village,
> Concordia Language Villages
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