Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0924-1884
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9986
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Abstract: In eighteenth-century Germany, many English works were translated not from the original texts, but from French versions. As far as narrative litera-ture is concerned, the period of "second-hand translation" extends from 1720 to 1765, while in other literary genres it continues to the end of the century. This partial rejection of French role as mediators may be attributed to the developing German target literature as well as to developments within French literature it-self The réception of Henry Fielding's last novel Amelia reveals the fading prestige of French translations and novels in their mother country, which will induce German translators to dissociate themselves from their intermediaries.Résumé: Au XVIIIe siècle, de nombreuses oeuvres anglaises furent traduites en allemand à partir de versions françaises. La période des "traductions de seconde main" de textes narratifs s'étend de 1720 à 1765, tandis qu'elle se poursuit jusqu'à la fin du siècle pour d'autres genres littéraires. Le reflux de l'influence médiatrice française trouve ses sources dans les évolutions au sein de la littérature adoptive, ainsi que dans la littérature française même. L'accueil du dernier roman de Henry Fielding, Amelia, révèle une perte sensible du prestige des traductions et romans français, ce qui encouragera les traducteurs allemands à s'émanciper de leurs intermédiaires français.


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