Translation history

Lieven D’hulst

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The coupling of the concept of translation – and, by extension, of interpretation – with the concept of history invites for an approach of their relation from two angles: what can translation mean for the understanding of history, in particular of cultural practices (politics, science, religion, language, media, literature, etc.)? In turn, what can history mean for the understanding of the multifarious forms of translation (a process, a product, a trope, an institution, a theory, etc.)? Though both angles are without doubt interesting enough to be studied for their own sake, the latter one will be privileged in what follows, history from this angle being understood as a specific viewpoint applied to the variety of material objects that share the label “translation”. Of course, no need to remind that, like any other scientific viewpoint, the historical one operates a methodological reduction on the real world.

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