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By Simona Bertacco

This assortment gathers jointly a stellar crew of members providing leading edge views at the problems with language and translation in postcolonial experiences. In a global the place bi- and multilingualism became rather general, this quantity identifies a niche within the serious gear in postcolonial reviews so as to learn cultural texts rising out of multilingual contexts. The position of translation and an Read more...

summary: This assortment gathers jointly a stellar team of members delivering cutting edge views at the problems with language and translation in postcolonial reports. In a global the place bi- and multilingualism became really basic, this quantity identifies a spot within the serious equipment in postcolonial reports so one can learn cultural texts rising out of multilingual contexts. The function of translation and an wisdom of the multilingual areas during which many postcolonial texts are written are primary concerns with which postcolonial reviews must interact in a much more concerted style

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This may certainly be true for untranslated vernacular words in an English sentence. Refusing to translate words not only registers a sense of cultural distinctiveness, but also forces the reader into an active engagement with the vernacular culture. The refusal to translate is a refusal to be subsidiary. The reader gets some idea about the meaning of these words from the subsequent conversation, but further understanding will require the reader’s own expansion of the cultural situation beyond the text.

The local writer is thus 56 able to represent his or her world to the colonizer (and others) in the metropolitan language and, at the same time, to signal and emphasize a difference from it. ” The reader exposed to such language is unequivocally in the presence of an ‘Other’ culture. The metonymic gap is a central feature of the transformation of the literary language. The writer concedes the importance of meanability, the importance of a situation in which meaning can occur, and at the same time signifies areas of difference that may lie beyond meaning, so to speak, in a realm of cultural experience in which the reader must see himself or herself as Other.

She explores the phenomenon of a ‘translational poetics’ through close readings of two works (by First Nations playwright Tomson Highway and Trinidadian-Canadian poet Dionne Brand) and argues for the recognition of the creative role of translation in shaping the poetics of these texts. Bertacco begins by considering translation a basic feature of postcolonial cultures and in using translation scholarship as a critical tool for approaching postcolonial textuality. She explores the ways in which the poetics of the text is affected by its bilingual or multilingual nature, and what kind of reading is demanded by a textuality that explicitly toys with several languages.

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