Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Internationalisation in European Minority Language Literature: A Case Study of Faeroese, Catalan and Irish Gaelic in Translation
by Purat, Felix, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2015, 95; 10305712
Abstract (Summary)

It is evident that the forces of globalisation affect the literature of major languages as a whole, just as they affect every other aspect of modern life; but internationalisation—which is used here to specifically refer to the process by which content, geography and the overall cultural emphasis of a work of literature becomes more oriented towards that outside of the ‘traditional’ language culture and towards the globalized world as a whole—is particularly evident in the literature of Europe’s minority languages, which are often restricted by translation biases and similar kinds of expectations of what a culture should or should not tell in English language form. This thesis is a case study of twelve works of minority language literature translated into English from the Faeroese, Catalan and Irish Gaelic, three languages with different cultural backgrounds but similar characteristics due to their minority status. This thesis brings forth the evidence of diversity through internationalisation by exploring the process of cultural translation in both the aspects of ‘culture’ and ‘translation,’ the latter as the tool that permits greater accessibility to minority language literature and the former as a ‘contribution,’ one might say, to the cultural amalgamation of globalisation—particularly in the context of a greater Weltliteratur, to use the Goethean term.

Keywords: Cultural Translation, World Literature, Faroese, Catalan, Irish Gaelic

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schwerter, Stephanie
Commitee: Medin, Daniel
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Cultural Translation
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, Cultural anthropology, Sociolinguistics
Keywords: Catalan, Cultural translation, Faeroese, Globalization, Internationalization, Irish Gaelic
Publication Number: 10305712
ISBN: 9781369492767
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