Siting Translation

Siting Translation

by Tejaswini Niranjana
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520074513

ISBN-13: 9780520074514

Pub. Date: 01/10/1992

Publisher: University of California Press


The act of translation, Tejaswini Niranjana maintains, is a political action. Niranjana draws on Benjamin, Derrida, and de Man to show that translation has long been a site for perpetuating the unequal power relations among peoples, races, and languages. The traditional view of translation underwritten by Western philosophy helped colonialism to construct the…  See more details below

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The act of translation, Tejaswini Niranjana maintains, is a political action. Niranjana draws on Benjamin, Derrida, and de Man to show that translation has long been a site for perpetuating the unequal power relations among peoples, races, and languages. The traditional view of translation underwritten by Western philosophy helped colonialism to construct the exotic "other" as unchanging and outside history, and thus easier both to appropriate and control.

Scholars, administrators, and missionaries in colonial India translated the colonized people's literature in order to extend the bounds of empire. Examining translations of Indian texts from the eighteenth century to the present, Niranjana urges post-colonial peoples to reconceive translation as a site for resistance and transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520074514
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/10/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1Introduction: History in Translation1
2Representing Texts and Cultures: Translation Studies and Ethnography47
3Allegory and the Critique of Historicism: Reading Paul de Man87
4Politics and Poetics: De Man, Benjamin, and the Task of the Translator110
5Deconstructing Translation and History: Derrida on Benjamin141
6Translation as Disruption: Post-Structuralism and the Post-Colonial Context163
Bibliography187
Index199

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