AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 2. May 2023                                Pp. 110-121

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The Application of Transcreation in Subtitling Cultural References: The Case of
Masameer Animated Cartoon

Nouf Alawad
Translation Department, College of Languages
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Basmah Alosaimi
Translation Department, College of Languages
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Received:02/5/2023               Accepted:05/01/2023             Published: 05/24/023


The growing number of people watching audiovisual products in languages other than their mother tongue necessitated translation to bridge the linguistic barriers and ensure complete comprehension as perceived by the source text audience. The translation of cultural references is an increasingly important issue in the translation field, specifically in audiovisual products, and the findings of this study will show the efficiency of applying the transcreation procedure to overcome such challenges. Moreover, the main aim of this paper is to analyze the applicability of the transcreation procedure in translating cultural references found in audiovisual materials, particularly in Masameer animated cartoons, to determine if implementing this procedure will result in a successful translation. The paper attempts to answer the question: How can the application of the transcreation procedure help convey the meaning and effect of the cultural reference found in the source text? This research paper has followed the qualitative method to analyze the implementation of the transcreation procedure on the examples that contain cultural-specific items. It is found that the application of transcreation is essential to fill the cultural gap in a creative way that preserves the meaning of the original. Thus, transcreation is valuable because it gives a sense of creativity, adapts the text culturally, and delivers accurate translation.
Keywords: audiovisual translation, cultural references translation, Masameer animated cartoons subtitling, transcreation

Cite as:  Alawad, N. &  Alosaimi, B.  (2023). The Application of Transcreation in Subtitling Cultural References: The Case of Masameer Animated Cartoon. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 7 (2): 110-121.


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Received: 02/5/2023
Accepted: 05/01/2023  
Published: 05/24/023

Nouf Alawad is a translator at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU). She received her master’s degree in Specialized Translation from PNU. She worked as a translation project manager for several legal, economic, and marketing translation projects. She participated in several localization projects. Her research interests are specialized translation, audiovisual translation, and localization.

 Basmah Alosaimi is a translator at KPMG. She received her master’s degree in Specialized Translation from Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University. She worked on translating two books titled “Compliance”, and “Foundation of Insurance”. She also participated in translating books titled “Contribution of Islamic Universities”, and “Brand Management: Co-creating meaningful brands”.