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Dissertation research: looking for material on translation of autobiographies
Thread poster: sutcliffe
English to German
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Jul 17, 2002

My a topic for my Masters Degree is the tranlation of autobiographies. Unfortunately I do not seem to be able to find any relevant literature, articles etc on the topic. Has anyone any good ideas where I can find some helpful information?

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Steffen Pollex  Identity Verified
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What is so special about it... Jul 18, 2002

that one would make it a dissertation topic or write a \"scientific\" book on it? To me, like any other translation, it requires two things: a good command of the language and a geeling for style, that\'s it. What more would there be to say? Sometimes I really wonder why and to what extent it is common nowadays to try to make everything look like \"science\", even when everything is plain to see. This Message was edited by: on 2002-07-18 10:02 ]

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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A dissertation doesn't have to be scientific in the empirical sense Jul 18, 2002

but what I\'m curious about is the focus of the research. There are many autobiographies that are by themselves important and for that reason have been translated enough throughout history to warrant a study. There are also authors capable of translating themselves who have written autobiographies. Other manners of studying translated autobiographies would be annotation, bibliography, usw. usw. usw...

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Beth Kantus  Identity Verified
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Found one potentially helpful reference Jul 18, 2002

I don\'t know if this will help you but I did find a discussion on the translation of autobiographies as a genre.

Have a look at the site below:

[PDF] The Elusive I

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... author in English. But the translation of autobiography may be essentially

a dangerous and thank- less undertaking. On recently ... brierley/brierley.pdf - Similar pages

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And good luck with your research!

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