Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation (Translation by Sandra Bermann, Michael Wood

By Sandra Bermann, Michael Wood

In recent times, scholarship on translation has moved way past the technicalities of changing one language into one other and past traditional translation concept. With new applied sciences blurring differences among "the unique" and its reproductions, and with globalization redefining nationwide and cultural obstacles, "translation" is now rising as a reformulated topic of vigorous, interdisciplinary debate. country, Language, and the Ethics of Translation enters the center of this debate. It covers an excellent diversity of themes, from simultaneous translation to criminal thought, from the language of exile to the language of latest international locations, from the clicking to the cinema; and cultures and languages from modern Bengal to historic Japan, from translations of Homer to the paintings of Don DeLillo. All twenty-two essays, through top voices together with Gayatri Spivak and the overdue Edward stated, are provocative and persuasive. The book's 4 sections--"Translation as Medium and throughout Media," "The Ethics of Translation," "Translation and Difference," and "Beyond the Nation"--together offer a entire view of present pondering on nationality and translation, person who may be largely consulted for years yet to come. The members are Jonathan E. Abel, Emily Apter, Sandra Bermann, Vilashini Cooppan, Stanley Corngold, David Damrosch, Robert Eaglestone, Stathis Gourgouris, Pierre Legrand, Jacques Lezra, Fran?oise Lionnet, Sylvia Molloy, Yopie Prins, Edward acknowledged, Azade Seyhan, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Henry Staten, Lawrence Venuti, Lynn Visson, Gauri Viswanathan, Samuel Weber, and Michael wooden.

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I should also like to add that one need not always present an abstruse and detailed theory of justice to go to war intellectually against injustice, since there is now a well-stocked internationalist storehouse of conventions, protocols, resolutions, and charters for national authorities to comply with, if they are so inclined. And, in the same con- P U B L I C R O L E O F W R I T E R S 25 text, I reject the ultra-postmodern position (like that taken by Richard Rorty while shadowboxing with some vague thing he refers to contemptuously as “the academic Left”), which holds, when confronting ethnic cleansing, or genocide as was occurring in Iraq under the sanctions-regime, or any of the evils of torture, censorship, famine, ignorance (most of them constructed by humans not by acts of God), that human rights are cultural or grammatical things, and when they are violated, they do not really have the status accorded them by crude foundationalists, such as myself, for whom they are as real as anything we can encounter.

There are about four million Palestinian refugees scattered all over the world, a significant number of whom live in large refugee camps in Lebanon (where the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres took place), Jordan, Syria, and in Gaza and the West Bank. In 1999 an enterprising group of young and educated refugees living in Deheisheh Camp, near Bethlehem on the West Bank, established the Ibdaa Center whose main feature was the Across Borders project; this was a revolutionary way through computer terminals of connecting refugees in most of the main camps—separated geographically and politically by impossible, difficult barriers—to each other.

M. Blaut, Janet Abu-Lughod, Peter Gran, Ali Mazrui, William McNeill), but it is during the direct encounters with it in one or another specific geography, configuration, or problematic that the contests are waged and perhaps even winnable. There is an admirable chronicle of the kind of thing I mean in the various essays of Bruce Robbins’s Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress, Timothy Brennan’s At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now, and Neil Lazarus’s Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World, books whose self-consciously territorial and highly interwoven textures are in fact an adumbration of the critical (and combative) intellectual’s sense of the world we live in today, taken as episodes or even fragments of a broader picture that their work as well as the work of others like them is in the process of compiling.

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