Quarrels in Translation: Translating discordantly to achieve harmonious resolution

Anne Rainey

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This paper demonstrates Lawrence Venuti’s foreignisation method by applying it to the translation of Jean de la Fontaine’s 17th century fable, ‘Le Jardinier et son Seigneur,’ from French into English. Paradoxically, the discordancy of this method allows a closer approximation to the source text and therefore greater equivalence because the translator adheres to the source text structure, cultural milieu and vocabulary reminding the target text reader that this is a translation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalIntersections (Postgraduate Journal - Arts , Humanities , Social Sciences)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 May 2019


  • translation
  • foreignization
  • source text
  • target text,
  • Venuti,
  • La Fontaine
  • translatum
  • equivalence
  • Schleiermacher
  • borrowings
  • calques
  • mediation


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