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Vol.9, Issue 1, 2023, pp. 81-106 Full text

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1 Neslihan Kansu-Yetkiner
2 Ilgın Aktener
3 Nazlıgül Bozok
4 Pınar Danış
5 Aslı Melike Soylu
6 Aysu Uslu Korkmaz

1, 2, 3, 5 İzmir University of Economics, Izmir, Türkiye
4 Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Türkiye
6 İstanbul Beykent University, Istanbul, Türkiye

This study focuses on paratexts as recontextualization tools, specifically prefaces written for (re)translations, and problematizes Turkish (re)translations of modernist novels written in English, which, for reasons of morality, encountered legal difficulties, and were stigmatized, banned, or confiscated in the source culture. Recontextualization resonates with (re)producing ideologies, exposing various agents' deliberate power positions in determining discourse structures within the more general framework of Critical Discourse Analysis. Against this backdrop, this study, which is part of a larger project, has a twofold purpose: a) to evaluate 15 prefaces extracted from (re)translations of 10 modernist novels as a tool for recontextualization; and b) to investigate the preface discourse regarding the transfer of modernist novels into the target culture through the lens of transitivity analysis, based on Halliday's Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) model. SFL proposes that the main system by which experiential meaning is associated with process choices within the framework of ideational meta-function is transitivity; transitivity analysis is therefore applied to the prefaces to unveil the relationships established between the processes and the actors. The analysis of findings revealed that recontextualization was functionalized to create an explicit, rather than an implicit discourse structure through the intensive use of material processes. It concludes that prefaces written to (re)translations in Turkish context, as liminal devices between the fictitious and real worlds, are clearly instrumentalized to position the key players in the adaptation, promotion, and representation of these books within their new cultural context, and thus, were designed to influence the discourse surrounding the transfer of modernist novels into the target culture.

Keywords: Paratexts, Transitivity, Recontextualization, Retranslations, Modernist

Article history:
Submitted: 06 April 2023
Reviewed: 04 May 2023
Accepted: 11 May 2023
Published: 20 June 2023

Citation (APA):
Kansu-Yetkiner, N., Aktener, I., Bozok, N., Danış, P., Soylu, A. M., Uslu Korkmaz, A. (2023). A Transitivity Analysis of Prefaces Written for Modernist Novel (Re)Translations: Understanding Paratexts as a Tool of Recontextualization. English Studies at NBU, 9(1), 81-106.

Copyright © 2023 Neslihan Kansu-Yetkiner, Ilgın Aktener, Nazlıgül Bozok, Pınar Danış, Aslı Melike Soylu and Aysu Uslu Korkmaz

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Funding: This study is a part of a 1001 Project numbered 220K032, which is funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBİTAK).

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