Adapting Translation for the Stage

1st Edition

Geraldine Brodie, Emma Cole

Published July 5, 2017
Reference - 298 Pages
ISBN 9781138218871 - CAT# Y291355
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies


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Translating for performance is a difficult – and hotly contested – activity.

Adapting Translation for the Stage presents a sustained dialogue between scholars, actors, directors, writers, and those working across these boundaries, exploring common themes and issues encountered when writing, staging, and researching translated works. It is organised into four parts, each reflecting on a theatrical genre where translation is regularly practised:

  • The Role of Translation in Rewriting Naturalist Theatre
  • Adapting Classical Drama at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
  • Translocating Political Activism in Contemporary Theatre
  • Modernist Narratives of Translation in Performance

A range of case studies from the National Theatre’s Medea to The Gate Theatre’s Dances of Death and Emily Mann’s The House of Bernarda Alba shed new light on the creative processes inherent in translating for the theatre, destabilising the literal/performable binary to suggest that adaptation and translation can – and do – coexist on stage.

Chronicling the many possible intersections between translation theory and practice, Adapting Translation for the Stage offers a unique exploration of the processes of translating, adapting, and relocating work for the theatre.

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