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Yours faithfully: "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" for the English-language stage

Starrs, D. Bruno (2003) Yours faithfully: "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" for the English-language stage. Revue de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Textes et Medias.

Abstract

Although numerous different translations of Goethe's 1774 'nobility in suicide'-themed epistolary, psychological and therefore "untheatrical" novel "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" have been published, no English-language stage adaptation has ever been described as "faithful". With reference to Goethe's three-tiered model of translation and cinema theorist Geoffrey Wagner's "Three modes of adaptation" the author has attempted to write a prosaic, transpositional and unaugmented translation/adaptation for the English-language stage. Each of the obstacles to faithful translation/adaptation were addressed, the hypothesis being that if the obstacles were systematically overcome, then an English-language stageplay closely corresponding in meaning to the principal themes of the novel - that is, a work arguably faithful to the novel - could be created.

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ID Code: 5242
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, adaptation theory, theatre, cinema studies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literature in German (200512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:40

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