Cross-Cultural Reader Response to Original and Translated Poetry: An Empirical Study in Four Languages

Chesnokova, Anna and Zyngier, Sonia and Viana, Vander and Jandre, Juliana and Rumbesht, Anna and Ribeiro, Fernanda (2017) Cross-Cultural Reader Response to Original and Translated Poetry: An Empirical Study in Four Languages Comparative Literature Studies, 54 (4). pp. 824-849. ISSN 0010-4132

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Abstract

In recent years, researchers have conducted empirical studies in reader response, which have either contested or confirmed earlier theories. Indeed, the 1970s and 1980s saw the shift from interpreting the page to looking into reading processes, but the studies remained on the level of abstraction. Among the experimental work, Miall and Kuiken , Fialho, Miall and Zyngier and Hakemulder, Fialho and Bal moved toward empirical findings. Our study follows this trend away from theoretical conceptions and examines real readers’ reactions to poetry but innovates by investigating cross-cultural receptions of a poem in its original and translated versions. To verify whether responses to poetry are universal or culture-specific, a rigorous method was adopted: 500 Humanities undergraduate students from two different countries (Brazil and Ukraine) were asked to read Poe’s “The Lake” and to gauge their reactions using a questionnaire with a 15-item semantic differential scale. Participants read either the original version in English (i.e. a foreign language to them) or its translation into their mother tongue (Portuguese, Russian or Ukrainian). The results point to statistically significant differences within and between the groups. The findings indicate that first-hand responses to poetry are largely culture-specific and that the translations also influence reactions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reader response; cultural differences; translation; empirical research; quantitative methods.
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Scopus
Статті у наукометричних базах > Web of Science
Divisions: Institutes > Humanitarian Institute > Chair of English Philology
Depositing User: Анна Вадимовна Чеснокова
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 10:46
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2019 06:53
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/22702

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