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The present status and problems of translation and publication Korean literature in Russia since the 2000s

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 19(4), pp.321-360
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2018.19.4.011
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : August 24, 2018
  • Accepted : September 27, 2018
  • Published : October 31, 2018

Han Hyun Hee 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study investigates and analyzes the current status, trends and characteristics of Korean literature translated into Russian since the 2000s. The goal of this research is to understand the problems of translation of Korean literature and to find implications for the dissemination of Korean literature in Russia. As a result of analysis, since the 2000s 121 Russian translations of Korean literature have been published. 1) By genre it followed by novels, poetry, others, essays, journals, drama. However, in the past, ‘classical others’ occupied the largest part, but ‘modern novels’ occupied a large portion after the 2000s. 2) By writer, it turns out that the translation of a new author’s work is not done in ‘classic novel’. In the ‘modern poetry’ and ‘modern novel’, the works of Korean writers, not North Korean writers, are being published. The introduction of female writers and award-winning works are actively translated and published. The translation genre of Korean literature expanded to essays, plays, and children’s literature. 3) By composition of the translator, 103 translators are counted. Among them, the percentage of Russians is still large, but it is confirmed that the activities of koreans and russian Koreans are increasing. However, the number of translators who received professional translation training was small. Participation of Korean translators in classical literature translation was poor. 4) By publisher, a specific publisher was responsible for 30% of Korean literary translations. Most of the rest of the publishers only published one or two works. However, each publisher confirmed that there is a particular age - genre specialization or preference.

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