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On Evaluation Discourse and Criteria of Musical Theatre Translation

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2023, 24(3), pp.383-412
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2023.24.3.012
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : August 12, 2023
  • Accepted : September 19, 2023
  • Published : September 30, 2023

Hong Jung Min 1

1동국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to identify comprehensive discourse and specific criteria of evaluating musical theatre translation by examining daily newspapers, the most common and accessible forum for musical theatre criticism. Analysis of 200 articles on musical theatre translation published between 2020 and 2022 found three major findings. First, musical translation was paid little attention in musical criticism, which is disproportionate to the significance of licensed musical theatres in South Korea’s musical market. Secondly, six evaluation criteria were elicited as follows: ‘equivalent effect of ST’, ‘social and cultural context of TT’, ‘naturalness of TT’, ‘audience response’, ‘performability’ and ‘faithful reproduction of ST’. Thirdly, translations which satisfy the first two criteria — generate the equivalent effect to that of ST and offer social and cultural context familiar to TT — were most frequently commented and highly praised, indicating TT-oriented tendency in the evaluation discourse and criteria of musical theatre translation. As the first attempt to explore evaluation discourse and criteria of musical theatre translation from commonly used media for criticism, the findings will help identify wider consensus on ‘good musical theatre translation’ and design more systematic and practical evaluation criteria.

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* References for papers published after 2022 are currently being built.

This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.