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Performing the Literal: Translating Chekhov’s Seagull for the Stage

Brodie, GS; (2018) Performing the Literal: Translating Chekhov’s Seagull for the Stage. In: Boase-Beier, J and Fisher, L and Furukawa, H, (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Literary Translation. (pp. 209-229). Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull (1896) is regularly performed in English, with nine different productions in London over ten years, each in a new version. This case study investigates theatre translation processes, comparing two productions performed at the Royal National Theatre in versions by David Hare (2016) and Martin Crimp (2006). Both playwrights used the same literal translation by Helen Rappaport to create their texts for performance. This study examines the approaches of the two playwrights and their collaborators by means of an analysis of their objectives, translator style, reception, and their relationship with translation and adaptation. A spotlight on the literal translation demonstrates its key role in translation process and product, and how unexpected factors influence the progress of case study research.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Performing the Literal: Translating Chekhov’s Seagull for the Stage
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-75752-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75753-7_11
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75753-7_11
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: theatre translation, David Hare, Martin Crimp, literal translation, adaptation, Anton Chekhov
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044041
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