Translation is tricky business. The translator has to transform the foreign to the familiar while moving and pleasing his or her audience. Louise Ladouceur knows theatre from a multi-dimensional perspective that gives her research a particular authority as she moves between two of the dominant cultures of Canada: French and English. Through the analysis of six plays from each linguistic repertoire, written and translated between 1961 and 2000, her award-winning book compares the complexities of a translation process shaped by the power struggle between Canada’s two official languages. The winner of the Prix Gabrielle-Roy and the Ann Saddlemyer Book Award, Dramatic License addresses issues important to scholars and students of Translation Studies, Canadian Literature, and Theatre Studies, as well as theatre practitioners and translators.
"Dramatic Licence, which was originally published in French in 2005 and has been translated by Richard Lebeau, runs a fine-tooth comb over 12 plays six that went from English into French, and six the other way from the past 50 years, including works by Michel Tremblay and Edmontons own Brad Fraser. What Ladouceur discovered was that all of her samples underwent significant changes along the way. Sometimes references to specific street names or cultural figures were erased; sometimes the entire tone of the play was altered to make it more palatable for the new audiences... Dramatic Licence is a valuable resource for anyone interested in issues of translation, Quebecois culture, or Canadian theatre in general." Michael Hingston, Edmonton Journal, October 2012 Dramatic Licence shows the complexity that often comes with translation, and keeping the original power of the words. Studying many plays written throughout the second half of the twentieth century, Dramatic Licence is a strong addition to any language studies or theatre studies collection, highly recommended. - The Midwest Book Review December 2012
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.414