Österländsk prakt eller västerländsk norm?: Tusen och en natt ur ett jämförande europeiskt perspektiv
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study is to examine the collection One Thousand and One Nights (also: The Arabian Nights) from a european perspective, by comparing different european translations. The study focuses on three translations into Swedish from different periods of time and how the tales have changed in the translation process - depending on the prevailing line of approach and Western perceptions of Eastern standards. The thesis of the study is that Eastern culture, from a Western perspective, has been seen as exotic and different but not as a high literary culture and that this view has affected the translations into european languages. The study shows, among other things, that Western culture is many times considered normative in the translations and that the translators often give their own voices a prominent role, also that common Western notions of the East affects the translations.
The word ”orientalism” is used frequently in the study and it refers primarily to the image of the Orient as it is described in Edward Saids' book Orientalism: as a Western construction whose main purpose is to strengthen its own conception of the Orient and thereby strengthen the Western identity as better than the Orient. The study shows, with basis in Saids' Orientalism, that the translation of One Thousand and One Nights often serves as a filter for Western beliefs and a fulfillment of expectations that already exist.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 37 p.
literature, translation, orientalism, occident, orient, one thousand and one nights
litteratur, översättning, tusen och en natt, orientalism, komparativ litteraturvetenskap
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-24478DiVA: diva2:608106
Subject / course
Forsgren, Peter, Fil. dr
Petersson, Margareta, Fil. dr