Kipling po polsku. Ironiczne oblicze piewcy imperium

Marta Zabłocka


Considering the Polish translations of three selected short stories by Rudyard Kipling the author reflects on the translation of the ironic figures that appear in the texts. Using the Mateo’s typology of the translator’s choices while facing the irony (1995) the author tries to show the role of this rhetorical device in the wider, cultural and historical context. The Polish translators’ way of interpreting irony that appears in the colonial fiction in the early 20-th century seems to be determined by their ability of understanding the British Empire social problems as well as their sensitivity to the distinctive British humor and their knowledge of colonial life realities. Among the analysed short stories one can find Georgie Porgie, 1888 (translated by Feliks Chwalibóg ,1909), The Limitations of Pambe Serang, 1889 (Feliks Chwalibóg, 1910) and The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes, 1885 (unknown translator, 1900).

Słowa kluczowe: Rudyard Kipling, przekład, ironia, literatura kolonialna

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