Sederi Yearbook 27

Sederi 27
Sederi 27 — 2017
Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Francisco J. Borge López
María José Mora
ISSN 1135-7789

Ana María Hornero Corisco,  “Translation of temporal dialects in the dubbed versions of Shakespeare films.” SEDERI 27 (2017): 47–79.

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This paper intends to provide a thorough analysis of some linguistic features of Early Modern English present in three Shakespeare movies and how they have been transferred in the Spanish translation for dubbing. To achieve it, a close observation of forms of address, greetings and other archaic formulae regulated by the norms of decorum of the age has been carried out. The corpus used for the analysis: Hamlet (Olivier 1948) and Much Ado about Nothing (Branagh 1993), highly acclaimed and rated by the audience as two of the greatest Shakespeare movies. A more recent version of Hamlet (Branagh 1996)—the first unabridged theatrical film version of the play—will be analyzed too in the light of the translation choices, and the results will be compared with those of the other two films.

Keywords: Shakespeare; Hamlet; Much Ado about Nothing; audiovisual translation; literary films; temporal dialects.


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Hamlet. Directed by Laurence Olivier. 1948.

Hamlet. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 1996.

Much Ado about Nothing. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 1993.