n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Antjie Krog se vertaling van Henk van Woerden se roman : research article

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



Antjie Krog's translation of Henk van Woerden's novel : (A mouth full of glass)

Against a historical backdrop several critical approaches to translationaltheory are explicated. Traditional criticism seems to imply positioningbetween the Source Text (ST) and the Target Text (TT). A functionalistapproach (as propagated among others by Snell-Hornby, Nord and Naaijkens)is a descriptive rather than a normative approach that focuses almostexclusively on the ST. This approach is consequently adopted in theevaluation of Krog's translation; yet even within this more relativisticparadigm, a comparison between ST and TT should not be evaded. In thecase of Krog's translation, this comparison leads to the identification ofscores of lexical, grammatical and stylistic errors.

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