Why Translation Matters
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Why Translation Matters

by Edith Grossman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300126565

ISBN-13: 9780300126563

Pub. Date: 04/07/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

Why Translation Matters argues for the cultural importance of translation and for a more encompassing and nuanced appreciation of the translator’s role. As the acclaimed translator Edith Grossman writes in her introduction, “My intention is to stimulate a new consideration of an area of literature that is too often ignored, misunderstood, or

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Why Translation Matters argues for the cultural importance of translation and for a more encompassing and nuanced appreciation of the translator’s role. As the acclaimed translator Edith Grossman writes in her introduction, “My intention is to stimulate a new consideration of an area of literature that is too often ignored, misunderstood, or misrepresented.”

For Grossman, translation has a transcendent importance: “Translation not only plays its important traditional role as the means that allows us access to literature originally written in one of the countless languages we cannot read, but it also represents a concrete literary presence with the crucial capacity to ease and make more meaningful our relationships to those with whom we may not have had a connection before. Translation always helps us to know, to see from a different angle, to attribute new value to what once may have been unfamiliar. As nations and as individuals, we have a critical need for that kind of understanding and insight. The alternative is unthinkable.”

Throughout the four chapters of this bracing volume, Grossman’s belief in the crucial significance of the translator’s work, as well as her rare ability to explain the intellectual sphere that she inhabits as interpreter of the original text, inspires and provokes the reader to engage with translation in an entirely new way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300126563
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2010
Series:
Why X Matters Series
Pages:
137
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Why Translation Matters 1

1 Authors, Translators, and Readers Today 35

2 Translating Cervantes 61

3 Translating Poetry 89

A Personal List of Important Translations 121

Works Cited 125

Acknowledgments 127

Index 129

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