Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia (ATH)


ACTA TRANSLATOLOGICA HELSINGIENSIA (ATH) är en vetenskaplig tidskrift och serie som utges av läroämnet svensk översättning, Nordica som hör till Finska, finskugriska och nordiska institutionen vid Helsingfors universitet. Avsikten med serien är att främja interdisciplinära teoretiska, empiriska och tillämpade studier kring frågor som har relevans dels för översättning och tolkning, dels för översättnings- och tolkningsforskning. Den första volymen i Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia är en icke-referee publikation men i kommande volymer kan också refereegranskning anlitas. Serien utges i första hand elektroniskt.

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  • Leden, Laura (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 6
    This interdisciplinary thesis is the first more comprehensive study of girls’ book translations in Sweden and Finland. The study examines adaptation of the image of girlhood in girls’ books translated from English to Swedish and Finnish between 1945–1965. Girls’ literature and girls’ books are children’s literary genres about girlhood, about girls’ lives and what it means to be a girl in a certain historical context. Girlhood is depicted in relation to norms for how girls are expected to behave, which means that the girl protagonists often both confirm norms by adapting to the expectations of society and rebelliously challenge these norms. Translations of girls’ books are influenced by norms of girlhood, narrative norms, and translations norms. These result in adaptation, a translations practice where translations are adapted to the norms of the target context (the target culture and the publisher) and to the target audience, in this case young girls. The frame of reference is the polysystem theory, according to which all genres and literary works belong to the literary polysystem, a network of partly overlapping systems in which tensions arise between the center with higher prestige and the periphery with lower prestige. The objective of this study has been to analyze how the peripheral position of girls’ literature within the general literary polysystem and the internal relations between the center (Bildungsromane with higher status) and the periphery (series books with lower status) within the girls’ literary polysystem influences the amount and type of adaptation in girls’ books. The ways in which this peripheral position impacts the image of girlhood in the books is also examined. A further aim has been to analyze whether the Finnish girls’ book system has been influenced by the Swedish system due to Finland’s peripheral position in the Nordic translation system. The qualitative material consists of three Bildungsromane by L. M. Montgomery, Jean Webster, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and three series books by Helen D. Boylston, Carolyn Keene (a pseudonym), and Helen Wells, as well as their Swedish and Finnish translations. These books represent the series that, according to my initial quantitative survey, were the most prominent among the girls’ books published in both Swedish and Finnish in 1945–1965 (52 books). To contextualize the material, a paratextual analysis of publisher correspondence and the covers and cover texts of the translations has been conducted. The analysis shows that the Nordic countries were a uniform system with Sweden and Norway at its center, as books and series came to Finland via these countries, and Swedish and Norwegian translations were used as source texts for three of the Finnish translations in my study. This interdisciplinary study has three methodological starting points for the analysis of the effects of adaptation on the image of girlhood. The primary descriptive translation studies method consists of a comparative and categorizing adaptation analysis, my linguistic method involves an analysis of semantic-pragmatic features and pragmatic language functions, and my literature studies method is a narrative analysis of character indictors in relation to gender stereotype schemata for masculine and feminine narration, which represent norm-confirming and norm-breaking narration. The results demonstrate that both target-oriented abridged translations and source-oriented faithful translations appear in both the Bildungsromane and series book material. Thus, the amount of adaptation does not correlate with the polysystemic position of the translation. This indicates that the polysystem hypothesis that translations with a peripheral status are likely to be target-oriented is not supported within the girls’ book genre. Instead, adaptation occurs according to commercial, didactic, and pedagogical norms regardless of the polysytemic position. In the adapted translations, the image of girlhood is influenced by downplaying of character traits associated with norm-breaking girlhood, and by an increase of plot-oriented narration, which is the norm within children’s literature.
  • Hartama-Heinonen, Ritva; Kukkonen, Pirjo (University of Helsinki, Nordica/Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, Swedish Translation Studies, 2020)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 4
    The authors of this volume look beyond the mainstream ques­tions in their respective fields and instead write on topics that are marginal. At first glance, these are topics that are non-essential, yet are worth examining due to the dynamic nature of the periphery. Translation and inter­pretation is, in other words, approached from a marginal or peripheral perspective, which proves to be a positive force that sheds light on originally small and strange issues, and thus demon­strates the power of margins, words and translation.
  • Tallberg-Nygård, Manuela (Helsingin yliopisto, 2017)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 5
    This study explores differences between intracultural translation (into Finnish) and intercultural translation (into German) of culture- and location-bound Finland-Swedish literature. The key concepts used in this analysis are the semiosphere (Lotman) coined in cultural semiotics and the chronotope (Bakhtin). The research material consists of four novels by the Finland-Swedish author Kjell Westö: Drakarna över Helsingfors (1996), Vådan av att vara Skrake (2000), Där vi en gång gått (2006) and Gå inte ensam ut i natten (2009). All four novels have been translated into Finnish, Leijat Helsingin yllä (1996), Isän nimeen (2000), Missä kuljimme kerran (2006) and Älä käy yöhön yksin (2009), while three of them have been translated into German, Vom Risiko, ein Skrake zu sein (2005), Wo wir einst gingen (2008) and Geh nicht einsam in die Nacht (2013). In these novels the fictive characters’ microhistory runs parallel with the authentic history of Finland. Westö is known for embedding his stories in a Finnish environment, with a special emphasis on the bilingual society, Helsinki as a location, the Finland-Swedish dimension, and the meeting of the Finland-Swedish with the Finnish. Translations are the means of spreading minority literature to a wider audience and of increasing awareness and understanding of a minority. This can be achieved both on an intracultural and an intercultural level. This interdisciplinary study combines methodology and concepts of cultural semiotics, translation studies, linguistics, and literature studies to answer three research questions. The first question addresses the intra- and extralinguistic phenomena Westö uses to create the fictive Finland-Swedish semiosphere in the four novels about Helsinki. I call these semiosphere-specific phenomena, and they include both facts and fiction and can further be divided into four main categories: society, location, characters and culture. These are the main construction blocks of the semiosphere. The next step is to analyze how these phenomena are conveyed into the Finnish and German translations. The third phase is to identify possible differences between the intracultural and intercultural translations. The translation analysis focuses on recognizing what has been preserved and what has been changed in the translations. On a global level the question is how to reproduce implicit and explicit references to the Finnish society, the bilingual environment, and the Finland-Swedish dimension, while the solutions on the local level focus on how the global choices are implemented. The results show that the local solutions that have been applied in the translations into Finnish without any problems, as one would expect, follow a systematic pattern that creates a similar illusion of society, location, characters, and culture as the source text. In the intercultural translation, however, the sociocultural space differs and thus the phenomena that are used to create the illusion of society cause problems in translation. The local solutions vary more in the German translations, rendering a target text that is more distant from the source text thus affecting the style.
  • PAX 
    Hartama-Heinonen, Ritva; Kukkonen, Pirjo (University of Helsinki, Nordica/Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, Swedish Translation Studies, 2015)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 3
    The questions which this volume addresses are the following: How do we, as researchers in the arts, see the language of peace? How do we conceive of peace as a concept, as modalities, and as metaphors? What types of interdisciplinary approaches can we create, what types of borders can we transcend, and what types of bridges can we construct in the context of peace? How do we cherish our humanism and all that is good from the perspective of all humankind? How do we speak and write about peace within our disciplines in order to also promote it?
  • INTER 
    Hartama-Heinonen, Ritva; Kukkonen, Pirjo (University of Helsinki, Nordica /Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, Swedish Translation Studies, 2013)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 2
  • Kiasm 
    Hartama-Heinonen, Ritva; Kukkonen, Pirjo (Helsingin yliopisto, Suomen kielen, suomalais-ugrilaisten ja pohjoismaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien laitos, 2010)
    Acta Translatologica Helsingiensia ; 1