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Volume 25, Issue 2


Censoring metaphors in translation: Shakespeare's Hamlet under Franco

Karen Sullivan / Elena Bandín
Published Online: 2014-06-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2014-0016


In the three versions of Hamlet translated during the Franco regime in Spain, metaphors related to the censored themes of sex and religion were altered or removed. In this study, we employ the Metaphor Identification Procedure (Pragglejaz Group 2007) to identify all metaphors involving sex and religion in Shakespeare's Hamlet and its three Franco-era Spanish translations. We find that under the influence of censorship, authors employ many of the strategies for metaphor translation also used for uncensored texts, such as those identified by Newmark (1981), van den Broeck (1981), and Toury (1995). However, we argue that censorship encourages strategies judged as less preferable, more extreme, or which are not usually discussed in translation studies. These strategies appear to be selected specifically to remove the material subject to censorship, whether this is found in the source domain (vehicle) or the target domain (tenor) of a metaphor.

Keywords: metaphor; translation; censorship; Hamlet; Shakespeare

About the article

Received: 2013-05-08

Revised: 2014-02-24

Accepted: 2014-03-17

Published Online: 2014-06-05

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 25, Issue 2, Pages 177–202, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2014-0016.

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