Re: Call for Native Speakers
- --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Martin" <mgmikolajek@v...> wrote:
>You sure about that? Have a look at the first paragraph again:
> There is this problem with the main character that although she
> is constantly being referred to as a Cockney Eastender, she speaks
> beatiful, rich English and the Cockney accent is not represented in
> the text in any way.
"Lor' love you, sir!" Fevvers sang out in a voice that clanged like
dustbin lids. "As to my place of birth, why, I first saw the light of
day right here in smoky old London, didn't I! Not billed the 'Cockney
Venus', for nothing, sir, though they could just as well 'ave called
me 'Helen of the High Wire', due to the unusual circumstances in which
I come ashore - for I never docked via what you might call the normal
channels, sir, oh, dear me, no; but, just like Helen of Troy, was hatched.
The dropped aitch and consonant, the name Fevvers (Feathers), the
rhetorical tag and the exclamations are dead give-aways:
"We are plunged straight into the narration of a very unusual narrator
whose peculiar combination of Cockney English and classical erudition
suggests her status as half human and half mythical" -
In other words, the translation must allow for
> both a straightforward and an ironic reading, just as the original.Would you have any suggestions?
About how to handle Angela Carter's erudite trompe l'oeil
metanarrative technique =:O? Try the above link for a little inspiration.
> Re: 4) (Voice adjectives) I mainly have problem with the "swoopingthat is falling and rising with pronounced intonation or a voice that
> voice". I believe it lends itself to two interpretations: a voice
is so powerful and agressive that it captures the listener's attention
as a raptor swoops down on his prey. Which is it?
The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive once we have accepted
the aforementioned human/mythical parallelism. Again, a little context
and explanation might help:
he quickly becomes "a prisoner of her voice . . . Her dark, rusty,
dipping, swooping voice, imperious as a siren's" Half mythical, she
shares with Homer's fabulous female creatures their hypnotic
attraction - and their potential destructiveness. [ibid]
As I said, the intonation is rather dramatic! :-)
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