A Companion to Translation Studies (2007) (Topics in by Piotr Kuhiwczak, Karin Littau

By Piotr Kuhiwczak, Karin Littau

A significant other to Translation stories is the 1st paintings of its type. It offers an authoritative advisor to key ways in translation experiences. all the essays are particularly commissioned for this assortment, and written via prime foreign specialists within the box. The e-book is split into 9 expert components: tradition, philosophy, linguistics, background, literary, gender, theatre and opera, reveal, and politics. every one bankruptcy supplies an in-depth account of theoretical strategies, concerns and debates which outline a box inside of translation reviews, mapping out earlier developments and suggesting how learn may perhaps enhance sooner or later.

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And where it is absent, a rather quaint empiricism reigns, as in much of descriptive translation studies, or in corpus linguistics or think-aloud protocols, which rarely transcend positivist notions of science. The continental divisions of philosophical discourse itself have served us poorly in this respect. Half the world pretends to know immediately what is wrong with the other half. The result is not just a lack of dialogue, but serious misunderstandings. Some of the most unfortunate errors concern the status of linguistic inquiry.

An anti-personalist strand of German Romanticism can be followed through much of the hermeneutic tradition. More than any one else, Martin Heidegger used translation to illustrate the tortuous paths of interpretation, using translation as a mode of philosophical exposition, and perhaps of thought. This can be seen in his polemical retranslations of German philosophical terms from pre-Socratic Greek, in his constant reflections on the differences between languages, and in his insistence that translation ( Ubersetzung) is not just interpretation but also a handing-down, a question of legacy ( Uberlieferung), as key concepts draw on what was hidden in a prestigious anteriority (Heidegger, 1963: 395-396).

That is a status sometimes thrust upon them. In so doing, those who theorise translation too easily assume the consensus and possible coherence of philosophy. In many cases the authority has been created and projected by the translation theorists themselves. A consequence of this 'boomerang' authority function is the fairly common practice of stringing together names that appear to be on one's side. Thinkers of various shades are cited because of the prestige they enjoy in the circles in which translation is being discussed.

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