Womanhandling Ibsen's A Doll's House: Feminist Translation Strategies in a Spanish Translation from 1917

Iris Muñiz
2018 Meta : Journal des traducteurs  
This article analyzes a 1917 indirect translation of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879) by María Lejárraga (1874-1974) as an example of early feminist translation. Relying on the existing theoretical outcomes at the intersection of gender and translation studies, it proposes a way of analyzing diverse translation strategies as a means for womanhandling the literary text, and thus making the most of the prevailing feminist interpretation of its international reception while reinforcing the budding
more » ... cing the budding feminist debate in Silver Age Spain and facilitating a specific understanding of the play. The importance of this case study as an example of early feminist translation is based on several factors: (a) this theatre text had a symbolic value in first wave feminism; (b) this Spanish translation was widespread due to Ibsen's international fame and the national fame of the (overt) mediator Gregorio Martinez Sierra; (c) the feminist activism of the (covert) translator that made her select the text to spread a "thesis" she deemed necessary in Spain at that time for the developing of feminism; and (d) the numerous interventions at different levels (textual, contextual and paratextual) traceable in the translation.
doi:10.7202/1055146ar fatcat:4dqg4vlsurhffhtuwgpnxa5zfy