Publication details [#12840]

Elder, Jo-Anne. 2006. Keepers of the stories: the role of the translator in preserving histories. In Bastin, Georges L. and Paul Fadio Bandia, eds. Charting the future of translation history (Perspectives on Translation). Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. pp. 225–241.
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The article deals with the preservation of the narratives of endangered cultures through translation, citing as an example Robert Bringhurst's work within the context of the history of aboriginal languages and literature in Canada. The author feels Bringhurst's work shows how translators can contribute to history by recording and translating texts written in an endangered language. She makes the argument that the works of literary translators should be examined as literature and not simply as texts documenting cultural history.
Source : A. Matthyssen