Revisiting Cultural Aspects of Translation: The Case of “Running in the Family” and “Funny Boy” in French
Theory and practice of translation
Niroshini Gunasekera
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9296-2690
Adriana Şerban
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1383-9326
Published 2019-04-23
https://doi.org/10.15388/RESPECTUS.2019.35.40.13
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Keywords

culture
translation
Sri Lanka
Michael Ondaatje
Shyam Selvadurai

How to Cite

GunasekeraN. and ŞerbanA. (2019) “Revisiting Cultural Aspects of Translation: The Case of “Running in the Family” and ‘Funny Boy’ in French”, Respectus Philologicus, 35(40), pp. 182-194. doi: 10.15388/RESPECTUS.2019.35.40.13.

Abstract

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In this study, we propose to examine some of the challenges and opportunities afforded to the translators by the culturally rich “Running in the Family” (1982) by Michael Ondaatje and “Funny Boy” (1994) by Shyam Selvadurai, through a comparison of the initial texts – which are laden with Sri Lankan cultural content – and their French translations: “Un air de famille” (1991) by Marie-Odile Fortier-Masek and, respectively, “Drôle de garcon” (2000) by Frédéric Limare and Susan Fox-Limare (2000). After a brief discussion of audience design and communication in translation, we focus on the interplay of implicitation and explicitation, drawing on examples from the texts, in particular from the culinary domain. We consider the translators’ options in light of the imperative to design for a new readership and suggest that relevance – which is a matter of degree – is pursued through a mix of choices of unequal suitability.

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