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category: Language Arts & Disciplines
published: Mar 2008
publisher: University of Ottawa Press

Les Belles Etrangeres

Canadians in Paris

by Jane Koustas

tagged: translating & interpreting, canadian

While translation history in Canada is well documented, the history of the translation of Canadian fiction outside the nation remains obscure. Les Belles Étrangères examines the translation of Canadian English-language fiction in France. This book considers the history of this practice, the reasons for the move away from Quebec translators as well as the process and perils involved in this detour.

Within a theoretical framework and drawing on primary sources, this study considers the historical, theoretical, and concrete aspects of this practice through the study of the translations of authors such as Robertson Davies, Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Alistair MacLeod.

The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography of English-language novels, poetry, and plays published and translated in France over the past 240 years.

About the Author
Jane Koustas, professor of French at Brock University, was the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. She is the co-editor, with Christl Verduyn, of Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis and, with Joe Donohoe, of Robert Lepage: Théàtre sans frontières: Essays on the Dramatic Universe of Robert Lepage. She is the author of Les belles étrangères : Canadians in Paris.
Contributor Notes

Jane Koustas is a professor of the Department of Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures at Brock University. She is the co-editor of Robert Lepage: Théàtre sans frontiers and Vision/Division: l’oeuvre de Nancy Huston. Her research interests include English-Canadian literature in translation, translation theory and practice, translation history in Canada, Quebec theatre and theatre translation. She has served on the jury of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Translation Award and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. She served as the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin, 2005-06.

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