AUC Philologica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Philologica) is an academic journal published by Charles University. It publishes scholarly articles in a large number of disciplines (English, German, Greek and Latin, Oriental, Romance and Slavonic studies, as well as in phonetics and translation studies), both on linguistic and on literary and cultural topics. Apart from articles it publishes reviews of new academic books or special issues of academic journals.

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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2015 No 3 (2015), 55–60

Individual style in translation

Petr Eliáš

announced: 10. 03. 2016


There have been various approaches to the presence of individual stylistic traits in translation. The paper briefly describes various concepts of individual translator’s style as presented in Czech and Slovak translation theories mainly by Jiří Levý, but by other authors as well. The main point of the paper, though, is to explore whether and how the structuralist ideas are present in modern translation studies. Is the notion of individual translator’s style relevant for research in translation and/or for translation criticism? Has a clear and usable definition been formulated? What method should be used for determining the individual style of a translator? The paper also proposes a method of finding stylistic patterns and tendencies in the translations done by translators who are writers themselves. The method is based on the analysis of the characteristic features of their own poetics, presuming that some of them are present in the translations, too. To illustrate the method, the paper presents partial results of the analysis of the poetry and translations by Jan Zábrana, a significant Czech postwar poet and translator.

keywords: Jan Zábrana; individual translator’s style; Czech poetry; beat poetry; poetics; stylistic patterns

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ISSN: 0567-8269
E-ISSN: 2464-6830