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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Conditions of Literary Translation in Korea

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2004, v.44 no.1, pp.235-247

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Abstract

This paper explores the conditions and theoretical issues of literary trans-lation, with specific reference to an assessment project of English literaryclassics in translation. It consists of three parts: the internal and exter-nal conditions of literary translation in Korea, a brief report of the projectand its findings with reference to the translations of Pride and Prejudice,and lastly, some theoretical issues involved in such an assessment. Translation has been a significant factor in the formation of mod-ern Korea. However, the conditions of translation and the general qual-ity of translated texts still leaves much room for improvement. Thepractical purport of the project is to identify recommendable transla-tions of English classic novels, but in the case of the 34 translated ver-sions of Austens text, no single recommendable text was to be found.Such a result shows that the quality issue is still crucial, at least in thecontext of Korean translation, in spite of the paradigm shift we are wit-nessing now in Translation Studies from an evaluative approach to adescriptive one. This paper ends by reflecting on the categories of evalu-ation and faithfulness in terms of their theoretical and practical impli-cations.

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Translation English literature Jane Austen evaluation faithfulness readability cultural transfer Translation Studies culturalturnKim Young-hee (Kim Yeong-hui) is Professor of English at the Korea Advanced Insti-tute of Science and Technology Translation English literature Jane Austen evaluation faithfulness readability cultural transfer Translation Studies culturalturnKim Young-hee (Kim Yeong-hui) is Professor of English at the Korea Advanced Insti-tute of Science and Technology

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