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[names of reviews/journals]

14:48 Mar 19, 2019
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French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Names (personal, company)
French term or phrase: [names of reviews/journals]
I would appreciate some guidance from other translators on the most suitable approach to adopt when dealing with the names of reviews or journals.

This text (aimed as a teachers' guide) includes a section on Black literary movements (including the Négritude movement), and naturally contains many examples of publications.

I have no hesitation in replacing the names of books with their 'standard' English title (e.g. "Wretched of the Earth") but for some reason I am hesitant to even provide a translation in brackets for "L'Étudiant noir" or "Guadeloupe litéraire" or "Le Monde colonial".

Is this because I am treating this latter category as similar to newspapers, and one would never put "The World" or "The Cross" or "The Evening"? Is this the correct attitude for brief titles of what are explained to be journals/reviews?

Thomas Miles
Local time: 12:23

Summary of answers provided
4Original Titles
Conor Jarrett

Discussion entries: 6



34 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Original Titles

You're in a tough situation there. I would suggest providing the original titles, and then in a footnote or something similar, you could provide an explanation and translation. If you just say 'Le Monde', then people are unlikely to know who this is referring to. Even people with some French would be unlikely to know much about these organisations.
Conor Jarrett
Local time: 11:23
Native speaker of: English
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks for your input, Conor. I would like to direct anyone finding this question of mine at a later date to also read the extensive discussion.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  writeaway: no translation at all and an explanation only if one assumes the target audience isn't very knowledgeable
2 hrs

neutral  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Providing the titles untranslated enables the readers to track down the publications and, importantly, to see how extensively the subject is reported on globally. Exception: an officially-recognised other-language published version exists.
18 hrs

neutral  AllegroTrans: No translation
1 day 21 hrs
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