Cover Songs: Metaphor or Object of Study?

Evans, J. (2008) Cover Songs: Metaphor or Object of Study? In: 8th Portsmouth Translation Conference, Portsmouth, UK, 08 Nov 2008, pp. 154-161.

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Thinking about translation involves the use of metaphors. However, the use of metaphors is flawed, as they only partially describe translation. This flaw can be interesting, though, if it stimulates new thoughts and new ways of thinking. This paper investigates one such metaphor, that of the cover song. By analysing three different covers of Joy Division's 1980 single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', the paper shows how covers are often similar to translations and questions whether the link is stronger than just a metaphor. Finally the paper considers the use of studying translation as part of a larger group of texts that revolves around the idea of adaptation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Evans, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Evans, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
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