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The Work of Literary Translation



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The Work of Literary Translation by Clive Scott
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Offering an original reconceptualization of literary translation, Clive Scott argues against traditional approaches to the theory and practice of translation. Instead he suggests that translation should attend more to the phenomenology of reading, triggering creative textual thinking in the responsive reader rather than testing the hermeneutic skills of the professional translator. In this new guise, translation enlists the reader as an active participant in the constant re-fashioning of the text's structural, associative, intertextual and intersensory possibilities, so that our larger understanding of ecology, anthropology, comparative literature and aesthetics is fundamentally transformed and our sense of the expressive resources of language radically extended. Literary translation thus assumes an existential value which takes us beyond the text itself to how it situates us in the world, and what part it plays in the geography of human relationships.

Author Biography

Clive Scott is Professor Emeritus of European Literature at the University of East Anglia and a Fellow of the British Academy. His previous publications include, Translating Baudelaire (2000), Channel Crossings: French and English Poetry in Dialogue 1550-2000 (2002), Translating Rimbaud's 'Illuminations', (2006), Street Photography: From Atget to Cartier-Bresson (2007), Literary Translation and the Rediscovery of Reading (Cambridge, 2012) Translating the Perception of Text: Literary Translation and Phenomenology (2012), and Translating Apollinaire (2014).
Release date NZ
June 7th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Worked examples or Exercises; 10 Halftones, black and white; 5 Line drawings, black and white
Cambridge University Press
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