Futabatei Shimei's translations from Russian: verbal aspect and narrative perspective

Cockerill, Hiroko (Shimono) (2003) Futabatei Shimei's translations from Russian: verbal aspect and narrative perspective. Japanese Studies, 23 3: 229-238. doi:10.1080/1037139032000156315


Author Cockerill, Hiroko (Shimono)
Title Futabatei Shimei's translations from Russian: verbal aspect and narrative perspective
Journal name Japanese Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-1397
1469-9338
Publication date 2003-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1037139032000156315
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 238
Total pages 10
Editor T. Aoyama
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
420113 Japanese
420110 Russian
751001 Languages and literature
Formatted abstract
  Although acknowledged as the founder of the modern Japanese novel, Futabatei Shimei wrote only three novels in his life. He also, however, translated numerous works from Russian literature by writers such as Turgenev, Gogol, Tolstoy, Garshin, Gorky and Andreev. The influence of these translations rivalled and at times exceeded that of his original works. His first two translations, Aibiki and Meguriai (from Turgenev's Svidanie and Tri vstrechi) were perhaps his most influential, especially with writers of the naturalist school. A prominent stylistic feature of these works is the use of '-ta' form verbs to translate all Russian past-tense verbs. Eight years after their publication Futabatei produced revised translations of the same works, under the titles Aibiki and Kig. While he continued to use '-ta' form verbs to translate past-tense verbs of perfective aspect, he now chose '-ru' or '-te iru' verbs for most past-tense verbs of imperfective aspect. This contrasting treatment of Russian verbs according to their aspect became a feature of all his subsequent translations, resulting in some dramatic and vivid narratives, most notably Shzga (from Gogol's Portret). 
Keyword Asia Pacific Studies
Asian Studies
Japanese Culture & Society
Japanese Economics
Japanese History
Japanese Politics
Japanese Studies
Futabatei Shimei
Russian translators
Q-Index Code C1

 
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