Ethics and Politics of Translating

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ISBN 9789027224392 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027286857 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
What if meaning were the last thing that mattered in language? In this essay, Henri Meschonnic explains what it means to translate the sense of language and how to do it. In a radical stand against a hermeneutical approach based on the dualistic view of the linguistic sign and against its separation into a meaningful signified and a meaningless signifier, Henri Meschonnic argues for a poetics of translating. Because texts generate meaning through their power of expression, to translate ethically involves listening to the various rhythms that characterize them: prosodic, consonantal or vocalic patterns, syntactical structures, sentence length and punctuation, among other discursive means. However, as the book illustrates, such an endeavour goes against the grain and, more precisely, against a 2500-year-old tradition in the case of biblical translation. The inability of translators to give ear to rhythm in language results from a culturally transmitted deafness. Henri Meschonnic decries the generalized unwillingness to remedy this cultural condition and discusses the political implications for the subject of discourse.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 91]  2011.  vi, 178 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
A life in translation
Pier-Pascale Boulanger
I. An ethics of translating
II. A code of conduct will not suffice
III. Urgently needed: An ethics of language, an ethics of translating
IV. What is at stake in translating is the need to transform the whole theory of language
V. The sense of language, not the meaning of words
VI. Translating: Writing or unwriting
VII. Faithful, unfaithful, just more of the same, I thank thee O sign
VIII. Sourcerer, targeteer, the same thing
IX. Religious texts in translation, God or Allah
X. Why I am retranslating the Bible
XI. Rhythm-translating, voicing, staging
XII. Embiblicizing the voice
XIII. Restoring the poems inherent within the psalms
XIV. Why a Bible blow to philosophy
XV. Grammar, East of Eden
XVI. The Europe of translating
Index of subjects
Index of names
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Subjects & Metadata

Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies
BIC Subject: CFP – Translation & interpretation
BISAC Subject: LAN023000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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