The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature

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"This is a terrific book and a great pleasure to read. At once creative and provocative, Apter's witty analyses of multilingual matters in literature makes a major contribution to a range of disciplines from translation studies, comparative literature and linguistics, postcolonial studies, to mainstream literary studies in French and English. What is so unusual is the impressive breadth and range of Apter's reading in literatures across the globe. This is a book that will make readers want to rethink the limits of their own disciplines, and retranslate the concepts that they employ."--Robert J. C. Young, Oxford University, author of Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction

"The Translation Zone offers a richly detailed history of Comparative Literature, a field volatile from the first, looking to contrary horizons, and never more so than at the present moment. Emily Apter explores the roads taken and not taken in the past, linking these to the new, cross-fertilized languages that constitute and energize the field in the future."--Wai Chee Dimock, author of Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep

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Robert J. C. Young
This is a terrific book and a great pleasure to read. At once creative and provocative, Apter's witty analyses of multilingual matters in literature makes a major contribution to a range of disciplines from translation studies, comparative literature and linguistics, postcolonial studies, to mainstream literary studies in French and English. What is so unusual is the impressive breadth and range of Apter's reading in literatures across the globe. This is a book that will make readers want to rethink the limits of their own disciplines, and retranslate the concepts that they employ.
Robert J. C. Young, Oxford University, author of "Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction"
Wai Chee Dimock
The Translation Zone offers a richly detailed history of Comparative Literature, a field volatile from the first, looking to contrary horizons, and never more so than at the present moment. Emily Apter explores the roads taken and not taken in the past, linking these to the new, cross-fertilized languages that constitute and energize the field in the future.
Wai Chee Dimock, author of "Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691049977
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Series: Translation/Transnation Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,436,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Apter is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University. Her most recent book is "Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects".

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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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