A reading in moral literacy or love story in the shadow of the Holocaust: Difference in translation

Williams, Jenny and Wilkes, Geoffrey (2012) A reading in moral literacy or love story in the shadow of the Holocaust: Difference in translation. Journal of Language and Politics, 11 1: 77-92.


Author Williams, Jenny
Wilkes, Geoffrey
Title A reading in moral literacy or love story in the shadow of the Holocaust: Difference in translation
Journal name Journal of Language and Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1569-2159
1569-9862
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/jlp.11.1.04wil
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 77
End page 92
Total pages 16
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This essay attempts to account for the success of a German novel, Bernhard Schlink's Der Vorleser, in English translation by analysing both the effects of translation decisions and the influence of prevailing discourses in the receiving culture. It is shown how particular decisions in relation to content and style result in the downplaying of the political and philosophical aspects of the novel and the foregrounding of relationships between individuals. This, in turn, is seen as further evidence of a tendency in German-English literary translation to understate difference in translation by moulding the text to the norms of the receiving culture.
Keyword Translation
Literary translation
Translation of repetition
German literature
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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