Between Words and Silences: translating for the stage and the enlargement of paradigms

Alinne Balduino Fernandes


This paper discusses the state-of-the-art of drama translation by contrasting traditional and contemporary practice-based approaches. Starting from some of the most prominent voices in Translation Studies (Bassnett 1984, 1988, 1991 and 1998) and moving to contemporary views (Johnston 1996 and 2010; Upton 2000; de Senna 2009), this study will demonstrate how Translation Studies currently offer insufficient resources to deal with the problems of translation for the stage. Translating for the stage presents problems that go far beyond the relationship between different language pairs as it deals with non-verbal systems that are created by and that create verbal signs, and as it is a work of art to be performed to potential audiences with cultural backgrounds different from that of the original play. Finally, it will provide a personal account of an ongoing drama translation project of Marina Carr’s play By the Bog of Cats… (2005) into Brazilian Portuguese that I am carrying out in the light of a more creative and contemporary mindset.


Performability; Drama Translation; Translation for the stage; Audiences; Non-verbal signs

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