10535Re: Re: [mythsoc] Heaney's Beowulf or someone's Hiawatha?
- Dec 3, 2003In a message dated 12/3/3 2:36:07 PM, you wrote:
<<LOL I have to admit that I like "Hiawatha" better than "Wenabozho", but
would one call it good taste or perhaps good judgement of his primarily
Certainly "Hiawatha" (especially pronounced the familiar English way: the
actual Iroquois pronunciation would be 'hee-ya-watt-ha") sounds far less bizarre
to an English-speaking audience than "Wenabozho". Longfellow's choice is
perfectly reasonable if one assumes that his audience will never have any further
interest in the culture that serves as the background for the story. For anyone
who does know something about it, however, the effect is as jarring as, say,
arbitrarily giving one of the characters in a Chinese story a Japanese name.
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