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ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 111-120 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.93265

The Challenges of Literary Translation for University Students: A Cultural Perspective of Saudi Undergraduates.

Abdullah Bin Towairesh
College of Languages and Translation, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The challenges facing Saudi EFL students enrolled in literary translation courses are compounded by the diglossic nature of the society in which they live. The difficulties associated with using Standard Arabic, in addition to other cultural and pedagogical factors, have been examined in this paper to identify the most pressing concerns for students and to outline the biggest obstacles. The goal is to launch a discussion about the different remedies to these issues, and the possibility of measuring the effectiveness of the proposed solutions. The data used in this study were collected by organizing focus groups, analyzing studentsí translations, and recording the instructorís observations over an extended period, covering three academic semesters. The qualitative analysis of the data reveals a range of challenges facing students, and presents the basis for several suggested changes to this course. The challenges include language proficiency weaknesses in both English and Standard Arabic, lack of familiarity with the literary style, and skepticism about the relevance of this course to the program. The paper concludes with several recommendations and suggestions that aim at improving studentsí achievements in this course, and that can be applied to other translation students facing the same circumstances around the world.

Keywords: Literary translation, Saudi diglossia, translator training, style and translation

Abdullah Bin Towairesh. The Challenges of Literary Translation for University Students: A Cultural Perspective of Saudi Undergraduates.. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 111-120

Corresponding Author: Abdullah Bin Towairesh, Saudi Arabia
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