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Josephine Balmer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.001.0001

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Finding the Jokes: Catullus: Poems of Love and Hate

Finding the Jokes: Catullus: Poems of Love and Hate

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(p.141) 8 Finding the Jokes: Catullus: Poems of Love and Hate
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Piecing Together the Fragments
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Josephine Balmer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.003.0008

This chapter explores the translation strategies required to translate Roman poet Catullus into English, exploring, in particular, the difficulties of translating long-dead jokes and humour from ancient civilizations. It asks how women translators might approach Catullus’s often violent sexual imagery, examining in particular Josephine Balmer’s Catullus: Poems of Love and Hate (2004), comparing this with versions by male translators such as John Godwin, Peter Green, Guy Lee, and James Michie.

Keywords:   Catullus, translation, women translators, translating humour, Josephine Balmer, John Godwin, Peter Green, Guy Lee, James Michie

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