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Distortion of a text through narrative framing in translation: A case study of controversy surrounding the Korean translation of Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape

Authors
김순미
Issue Date
Dec-2019
Publisher
한국번역학회
Keywords
paratextual framing; narrative theory; translation as political distortion; translation and ideology; translation controversy; 곁텍스트 프레이밍; 내러티브 이론; 정치왜곡으로써의 번역; 번역과 이데올로기; 번역 논쟁
Citation
번역학연구, v.20, no.5, pp.305 - 328
Journal Title
번역학연구
Volume
20
Number
5
Start Page
305
End Page
328
URI
https://scholarworks.sookmyung.ac.kr/handle/2020.sw.sookmyung/1712
DOI
10.15749/jts.2019.20.5.012
ISSN
1229-795X
Abstract
This study explores a process in which narratives are manufactured in translation and subsequently undermined by opposing narratives. Hankyung BP, a publishing company of a right-wing news agency, published the Korean edition of the economist Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape. However, a massive controversy surrounding the translation was sparked by a researcher at a progressive research institute who exposed gross distortion of the text by Hankyung BP. The publishing company was discovered to have changed the subtitle of the book, added a blurb, included a new preface, and made many omissions, all believed to be an attempt to manipulate the text. Many conservative economic institutes were also found to have collaborated in creating narratives by falsely positioning Deaton as a counterpoint to the French economist Thomas Piketty, whose progressive ideas gained enormous popularity among liberals in Korea. However, the publishing company did not acknowledge any wrongdoings or mistranslation, stating that the alterations were merely editorial changes. The conflict entailed attacks and counterattacks between the concerned parties. This investigative case study uses news articles and paratexts leading up to and following the publication of the Korean translation to demonstrate that a text can be manipulated by social institutes to uphold their own position and challenge opposing views.
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