Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere și Arte
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1 / 2018
The Translation Faults in our Stars: Shakespeare’s References to Astrology and their Romanian Translations
William Shakespeare’s plays abound with references to astrology. As a contemporary of renowned Renaissance astrologers and astronomers such as Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus and John Dee, living and writing at a time when the science of the stars was at the height of its popularity, the Bard used the celestial bodies and their movement as a means to foreshadow the development of his plays and to give additional insight into the personality of his characters and their motives. Yet, not a few are the occasions in which the playwright, through his dramatis personae, also contends their influence upon human behaviour. By drawing parallels between his astrological references and their autochthonous translations, what the present article aims at achieving is to elicit scholarly interest in the manner in which Romanian translators have handled this aspect of Shakespeare’s rhetoric.
Keywords: astrology, references, Romanian, Shakespeare, translation.