Don't panic! Cultural difficulties in the translation of English humour into Spanish for a Cuban context: The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

Jordan Enriquez, Rosa Margarita (2018) Don't panic! Cultural difficulties in the translation of English humour into Spanish for a Cuban context: The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. MA(Res) thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

In Cuba, the literary translation of humour in works of science fiction or fantasy rarely occurs, so readers must turn to foreign editions that have a different cultural background and therefore a different sense of humour. That is why this study focuses on the need of translating English humour for a Cuban context. The hypothesis is that English humour presents culture-bound elements unintelligible for a Cuban audience and that a combination of translation strategies and extensive knowledge of the two cultures is the key for its successful translation. The aim of this research is to identify the main obstacles for the intercultural translation of English humour and the strategies to recreate it in a Cuban context. This research includes an exploration of both humour variants and a case analysis of culture-bound jokes from the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The cultural problems identified include culture-specific concepts, intertextuality, slang, and understatement. The most efficient strategies to solve them were cultural substitution, explicitation and loan words. The present study can raise intercultural awareness and highlight the key role of translators as cultural mediators.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MA(Res))
Supervisors: Andrews, Jean
Garcia, Patricia
Keywords: literary translation, humor translation, English humor, Cuban humour, cultural difficulties, translation strategies
Subjects: P Language and literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and literature > PQ Romance literatures > PQ6001 Spanish literature
P Language and literature > PR English literature
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Item ID: 52633
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 04:40
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 10:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52633

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