By J. Michael Walton
In contemplating the perform and idea of translating Classical Greek performs into English from a theatrical point of view, present in Translation, first released in 2006, additionally addresses the broader problems with moving any piece of theatre from a resource right into a objective language. The background of translating classical tragedy and comedy, right here absolutely investigated, demonstrates how in the course of the a long time translators have, wittingly or unwittingly, appropriated Greek performs and made them replicate socio-political issues in their personal period. Chapters are dedicated to issues together with verse and prose, masks and non-verbal language, level instructions and subtext and translating the comedian. one of the performs mentioned as 'case reports' are Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus and Euripides' Medea and Alcestis. The publication concludes with a attention of the limits among 'translation' and 'adaptation', via an appendix of each translation of Greek tragedy and comedy into English from the 1550s to the current day.
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