Dr. Natalie Dykstra, English
Literary critics have traditionally lauded Charles Baudelaire’s work in translation as the key reason for the success of Edgar Allan Poe in France. While Baudelaire’s voice and editorial choices did affect his translations, the success of his Poe translations was not entirely due to his choices. An idiosyncrasy in the relationship between Poe’s writing style and the structure of French syntax is one of several factors which elevate Poe in translation, which suggests a more complex situation than critics have previously realized. Understanding the context of a translation and the constituent factors of its success (or lack thereof) allows readers to predict and parse the ways a translation will function in the target culture.
Repository citation: Fitzgerald, Kellyanne, "Found in Translation: The Complexities of Edgar Allan Poe in Translation by Charles Baudelaire" (2019). 18th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (2019). Paper 8.
April 12, 2019. Copyright © 2019 Hope College, Holland, Michigan.