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A Companion To Translation Studies by Piotr Kuhiwczak, Karin Littau

By Piotr Kuhiwczak, Karin Littau

A better half to Translation reviews is the 1st paintings of its sort. It presents an authoritative consultant to key techniques in translation stories. the entire essays are in particular commissioned for this assortment, and written via prime overseas specialists within the box. The ebook is split into 9 professional parts: tradition, philosophy, linguistics, background, literary, gender, theatre and opera, display, and politics. every one bankruptcy provides an in-depth account of theoretical suggestions, concerns and debates which outline a box inside translation reports, mapping out prior developments and suggesting how learn could advance sooner or later.

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The only way for translation to become valid is for it to take place from the dominant into the less powerful language: hence translation from English into Québécois or from German into Scots becomes a political statement that asserts the rising status of the formerly-marginalised tongue. 24 MLM Kuhiwczak Proof 2 02 January 2007 13:58:16 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen Culture and Translation 21 Niranjana and Cheyfitz were writing in the early 1990s, at a time when the emphasis in post-colonial thinking about translation, inspired by Edward Said (1978), was on the inequality of power relationships, hence most of the early translators of non-Western texts were depicted as colonialist lapdogs.

The strategies of minor power nevertheless lead the other way. Most schools or would-be schools of translation theory have needed to build a Feindbild, an image of the enemy. ). ). ). ). Most of those enemies are actually quite difficult to find in translation theory, at least in the simplistic terms in which they have been attacked. And none of those binary oppositions is tenable in terms of contemporary philosophical discourse. It is for this reason, we suggest, that few philosophers would entirely identify with everything that translation theorists have done in their name.

Since the hierarchy thus positioned translating itself as an inferiorising activity, the result was not worthy of dignified discussion. Should we really lament the absence of any great traditional ‘philosophy of translation’? One might as well regret the historical lack of a ‘philosophy of furniture’ – found in Poe (2004) but nowhere else. Only once the vernaculars had been re-evaluated with respect to Latin was it possible to dignify the translator’s activity as an object of serious thought. This process began in 15th century Renaissance humanism, where Leonardo Bruni successfully insisted on elegance in translations.

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