Metacritic Journal


for Comparative Studies and Theory

Translation and Untranslatables - Reading beyond Borders, 2.1 (July 2016)
ISSN 2457 – 8827
Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu

TRANSLATION AND MUTUAL TRANSCENDENCE


Persistent and futile are the theories of translation. But so are as those of the fantastic or the acts of public piety. From the posturing of a judgmental above or an insidious aside, little of substance has been said about the swarming, sharp work of translation. As if there were a general of translation, not having to whom to delegate the work of difference across the clouds, the sun gets bored upon seeing than everything underneath is the same. To be sure, there is no interesting theory of translation as...   ⇨ Read more
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Peter  Arnds Peter Arnds

LOST IN TRANSLATION: ON KAFKA’S LANGUAGE OF ABJECTION IN DIE VERWANDLUNG


Based on critical theory such as Giorgio Agamben‟s homo sacer and Heidegger‟s thoughts on dwelling and lethe, this article follows the biopolitical movement of destruction in Franz Kafka‟s Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis) to reveal some of the challenges this contextualization poses to its English translation. Stanley Corngold‟s translation serves as an example for the intricacies that pertain specifically to Kafka‟s language of abjection, words such as the famous Ungeziefer of the first sentence. These...   ⇨ Read more
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Felix  Nicolau Felix Nicolau

IMAGETEXT AND EKPHRASIS AS CHANCES OF REVIVAL IN TRANSLATION STUDIES


Translation Studies has crossed a tumultuous interval of theorization. But has it passed the linguistic limits instituted by a semiotician like Umberto Eco? Wouldn’t be the time to access more courageously the intersemiotic interregnum with its heterogeneous transfer of signs? As it happens in advertising, concrete poetry, tattoos, and stage or filmed version of famous texts? If we have gradually accepted that in the postcolonial and cross-cultural epoch what matters is not consensus, but negotiation and...   ⇨ Read more
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Laura Pavel Laura Pavel

RECLAIMING RADICAL TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION: THE TRANSLATOR’S CHARITY


The present essay addresses the ideas of radical translation and radical interpretation advanced by celebrated analytic philosophers such as W. V. O. Quine and D. Davidson, attempting to show their relevance for translation theory and, more broadly, for the corpus of literary theory. I aim to reassess the debate over the translatability or untranslatability of a literary or cultural text, taking it beyond the politics of translation and multicultural studies and placing it within the framework of hermeneutic...   ⇨ Read more
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Cătălin Constantinescu Cătălin Constantinescu

POSTMODERN READINGS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPACE AND IDENTITY


Our study investigates the possible ways of discussing the functions of the identity in fictional work. As point of departure we have chosen the novel Jacob se hotărăște să iubească (Jacob beschließt zu lieben, C.H. Beck, 2011) by Cătălin Dorian Florescu. Identity is multilayered, having being formed and transformed continuously in relation to the ways we are represented or addressed in the cultural systems, as Stuart Hall (1992, 1997) stressed out. The approach is heavily influenced by postcolonial and...   ⇨ Read more
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Cristina Diamant Cristina Diamant

REVERSE EKPHRASIS AND BAKHTINIAN RE-ACCENTUATION: CODING ALICE AS A NYMPHET IN GRAPHIC NOVELS


Over the past 50 years, the understanding of the nymphet has mutated from a special type of becoming, as seen in Nabokov′s master text, to being a Lilith- like essence. There are other rules to be observed by the American artists Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie when portraying a nymphet as contrasted to those Soumei Hoshino has to follow in Japan. They navigate different (sub)cultural contexts and address varying conventions, so that visually “translating” Lewis Carroll′s Alice becoming a nymphet implies...   ⇨ Read more
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Adrian Tătăran Adrian Tătăran

ANARCHISM, ANTIREPRESENTATIONALISM AND THE TRANSLATION PARADIGM


The paper aims at discussing translation as a political and ethical paradigm, as proposed by Bogdan Ghiu and Lawrence Venuti, in the broader context of comparative literature‘s contrarian turn with the Bernheimer and the Saussy reports, as well as in conjunction with anarchism‘s minor literary tradition (in the deleuzian sense). I argue that the translation paradigm and the non-vanguardist anarchist aesthetic are stemming from the same legacy of freedom, both formulating their basic ethical, political and...   ⇨ Read more
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Carmen  Dominte Carmen Dominte

TRAVEL WRITINGS AS MEANS OF INTERCULTURAL TRANSLATION


As a literary genre, the travel literature was considered a literary hybrid made of several other sub-genres, or a literary sub-species made of the autobiographic writings (Paul Fussell) or of the ethnographic writings (Patrick Holland). Being defined on several axes, such as fiction/non-fiction literature, internal/external travels, poetical/historical form, time/space perspective, the travel writings differ not only in terms of narrative strategies but also in terms of method or purpose of writing. The travel...   ⇨ Read more
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Adrian-George Matus Adrian-George Matus

TRANSLATING COLLECTIVE NATIONAL FEARS THROUGH BEST- SELLERS: MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ’S SOUMISSION AND TIMUR VERNES’ ER IST WIEDER DA


After 9/11, we have witnessed several backlashes to Francis Fukuyama‟s theory regarding the end of the world. With the credibility of this theory questioned, new maps have emerged and the theories regarding cultural dialogue have been updated, providing support for Samuel Huntington‟s concept of clash of civilizations. In this context, Western Europe produced new forms of collective anxieties. In the present paper, I am interested in explaining two particular forms of fears that appear in the European Union...   ⇨ Read more
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Ioana Unk Ioana Unk

TRANSLATION AND PERSONALITY. MULTIFACES OF PERSONALITY IN TRANSLATION


This paper aims at explaining the translation process through a psychological perspective, the Cultural Frame Switching paradigm. Psychological studies concerned with the Cultural Frame Switching have proven that bilingualism and multilingualism favour the manifestation of different personalities of the same person, i.e. speaking different languages will lead to displaying different personalities, as a result of the cultural influences acting upon us. Along this line of research, one can expect that a...   ⇨ Read more
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Oana  Purice Oana Purice

TRANSLATING THE DIARIES OF DOSTOEVSKY AND TOLSTOY IN COMMUNIST ROMANIA


My paper will discuss the critical grounds that preceded the translation of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy‟s diaries into Romanian, published by Univers Publishing House in 1974 and 1975-1976 respectively, focusing on the Prefaces written by Ion Ianoși. Relying on both historical studies and relevant documents of the 1947-1989 period, I will start by generally describing, on the one hand, the process of the Russian and Soviet translations into post-War Romania and, on the other hand, the Communist regime‟s views and...   ⇨ Read more
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