Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere și Arte; Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Letters and Arts
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The Romanian Translation of Dracula as a Byproduct of a French Intermediary: A Theory
The history of Dracula in its topological Romania is as riddled with mysteries as Bram Stoker’s novel itself. Scholars are still debating when its first Romanian translation was produced, with Barbu Cioculescu and Ileana Verzea’s 1990 version being, to the best of current knowledge, the first Romanian translation of Dracula to be published until Dan Costinaș’s 2020 re-rendition. By analyzing Cioculescu and Verzea’s renditions of all the occurrences of the novel’s keyword, the verb “(to) kiss” and its noun form, the present article advances the possibility that the 1990 Romanian translation of Dracula, the only one to be available for thirty years, originates, in fact, from a French intermediary.
Keywords. Bram Stoker, Dracula, French intermediary, Romanian, secondhand translation, translation .
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