Censoring metaphors in translation: Shakespeare's Hamlet under Franco

Sullivan, Karen and Bandín, Elena (2014) Censoring metaphors in translation: Shakespeare's Hamlet under Franco. Cognitive Linguistics, 25 2: 177-202. doi:10.1515/cog-2014-0016

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Author Sullivan, Karen
Bandín, Elena
Title Censoring metaphors in translation: Shakespeare's Hamlet under Franco
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Censoring metaphors in translation: Shakespeare’s Hamlet under Franco
Journal name Cognitive Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0936-5907
Publication date 2014-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/cog-2014-0016
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 177
End page 202
Total pages 26
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the three versions of Hamlet translated during the Franco regime in Spain, metaphors related to the censored themes of sex and religion were altered or removed. In this study, we employ the Metaphor Identification Procedure (Pragglejaz Group 2007) to identify all metaphors involving sex and religion in Shakespeare's Hamlet and its three Franco-era Spanish translations. We find that under the influence of censorship, authors employ many of the strategies for metaphor translation also used for uncensored texts, such as those identified by Newmark (1981), van den Broeck (1981), and Toury (1995). However, we argue that censorship encourages strategies judged as less preferable, more extreme, or which are not usually discussed in translation studies. These strategies appear to be selected specifically to remove the material subject to censorship, whether this is found in the source domain (vehicle) or the target domain (tenor) of a metaphor.
Keyword Metaphor
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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