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Beyond free and literal: Translating a Buddhist text (Bodhicaryavatarapanjika) from Sanskrit

Nelson, Barbara

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Translators appear to face a dilemma: do they aim for a 'literal' or 'free' translation of their source text (ST). Munday observes that translators of both literary and non-literary texts face a bind: translators who stray too far from the original text are open to criticism, yet readers prefer that the target text (TT) read as if written in the target language. Translation theorists have developed a range of approaches to thinking about translation that move beyond a simple literal/free...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNelson, Barbara
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:15:14Z
dc.identifier.issn0030-5340
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/50544
dc.description.abstractTranslators appear to face a dilemma: do they aim for a 'literal' or 'free' translation of their source text (ST). Munday observes that translators of both literary and non-literary texts face a bind: translators who stray too far from the original text are open to criticism, yet readers prefer that the target text (TT) read as if written in the target language. Translation theorists have developed a range of approaches to thinking about translation that move beyond a simple literal/free dichotomy. This apparent dilemma was the starting point for a reflection on the aims and strategies I used for translating the kṣantiparamita chapter of Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara (eighth century) with the eleventh-century commentary of Prajnakaramati (Bodhicaryavatarapanjika), a Buddhist text in Sanskrit, for my PhD thesis.
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydney
dc.sourceJournal of the Oriental Society of Australia
dc.titleBeyond free and literal: Translating a Buddhist text (Bodhicaryavatarapanjika) from Sanskrit
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume43
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor200323 - Translation and Interpretation Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9910377xPUB205
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNelson, Barbara, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issueAustralasian Sanskrit Conference
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage83
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage102
local.identifier.absseo950502 - Understanding Asia's Past
dc.date.updated2020-11-15T07:29:28Z
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