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The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature
     

The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature

by Emily Apter
 

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ISBN-10: 0691049971

ISBN-13: 9780691049977

Pub. Date: 12/05/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Translation, before 9/11, was deemed primarily an instrument of international relations, business, education, and culture. Today it seems, more than ever, a matter of war and peace. In The Translation Zone, Emily Apter argues that the field of translation studies, habitually confined to a framework of linguistic fidelity to an original, is ripe for expansion

Overview

Translation, before 9/11, was deemed primarily an instrument of international relations, business, education, and culture. Today it seems, more than ever, a matter of war and peace. In The Translation Zone, Emily Apter argues that the field of translation studies, habitually confined to a framework of linguistic fidelity to an original, is ripe for expansion as the basis for a new comparative literature.

Organized around a series of propositions that range from the idea that nothing is translatable to the idea that everything is translatable, The Translation Zone examines the vital role of translation studies in the "invention" of comparative literature as a discipline. Apter emphasizes "language wars" (including the role of mistranslation in the art of war), linguistic incommensurability in translation studies, the tension between textual and cultural translation, the role of translation in shaping a global literary canon, the resistance to Anglophone dominance, and the impact of translation technologies on the very notion of how translation is defined. The book speaks to a range of disciplines and spans the globe.

Ultimately, The Translation Zone maintains that a new comparative literature must take stock of the political impact of translation technologies on the definition of foreign or symbolic languages in the humanities, while recognizing the complexity of language politics in a world at once more monolingual and more multilingual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691049977
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2005
Series:
Translation/Transnation Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii
TWENTY THESES ON TRANSLATION xi
INTRODUCTION 1

Introduction 3
CHAPTER 1: Translation after 9/11: Mistranslating the Art of War 12

PART ONE: TRANSLATING HUMANISM 23

CHAPTER 2: The Human in the Humanities 25
CHAPTER 3: Global Translatio: The "Invention" of Comparative Literature, Istanbul, 1933 41
CHAPTER 4: Saidian Humanism 65

PART TWO: THE POLITICS OF UNTRANSLATABILITY 83

CHAPTER 5: Nothing Is Translatable 85
CHAPTER 6: "Untranslatable" Algeria: The Politics of Linguicide 94
CHAPTER 7: Plurilingual Dogma: Translation by Numbers 109

PART THREE :LANGUAGE WARS 127

CHAPTER 8: Balkan Babel: Language Zones, Military Zones 129
CHAPTER 9: War and Speech 139
CHAPTER 10: The Language of Damaged Experience 149
CHAPTER 11: CNN Creole: Trademark Literacy and Global Language Travel 160
CHAPTER 12: Condé’s Créolité in Literary History 178

PART FOUR: TECHNOLOGIES OF TRANSLATION 191

CHAPTER 13: Nature into Data 193
CHAPTER 14: Translation with No Original: Scandals of Textual Reproduction 210
CHAPTER 15: Everything Is Translatable 226

CONCLUSION 241

CHAPTER 16: A New Comparative Literature 243

NOTES 253
INDEX 287

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