Translation and Identity

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Identity is one of the most important political and cultural issues of our time. Translation and Identity looks at how translation has played a crucial role in shaping debates around identity, language and cultural survival in the past and in the present. The volume explores how everything, from the impact of migration to the curricula for national literature courses to the way in which nations wage war in the modern era, is bound up with urgent questions of translation and identity. The book examines translation practices and experiences across continents to show how translation is an integral part of how cultures are evolving, offering new perspectives on how translation can be a powerful tool both to enhance difference and to promote intercultural dialogue.

Drawing on a wide range of materials from official government reports to Shakespearean drama to Hollywood films, Translation and Identity demonstrates that translation is central to any proper understanding of the emergence of cultural identity in human history, and offers an innovative and positive vision of the way in which translation can be used to deal with one of the most salient issues in an increasingly borderless world.

About the Author:
Michael Cronin is Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University

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'Everything he writes is interesting...This is a book which will be important for translation studies, as well as for contemporary cultural debates.' - Sherry Simon, Concordia University, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415364645
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : identity papers 1
1 Translation and the new cosmopolitanism 6
2 Translation and migration 43
3 Interpreting identity 75
4 The future of diversity 120
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