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THE SCANDALS OF TRANSLATION Towards an ethics of difference Lawrence Venuti London and New York FOR GEMMA LEIGH VENUTI First published . ETHICS OF DIFFERENCE. Lawrence Venuti. London and New. York: Routledge, , pp. Lawrence Venuti’s book The. Scandals of Translation: Towards. A review and a link to other reviews of The Scandals of Translation by Lawrence Venuti.

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The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference, by Lawrence Venuti

And that something else, I want to suggest, includes the individualistic concept of authorship that remains an important assumption in literary scholarship.

And the defining characteristic of authorship, labor, turns out to be just as immaterial as personality: Following Deleuze and GuattariI rather see language as a collective force, an assemblage of forms that constitute a semiotic regime. The pseudo-attributions allow Louys to displace Hedylus and Philodemus as the author of poems preserved in the Greek Anthology. The history of copyright shows that earlier translators did not suffer the same legal limitations as their successors today.

The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I articulate scamdals ethical responsibilities first in terms of my own work, beginning with a discussion of the choices I confront as an American translator of literary texts.

Nonetheless, the closeness of the relation between translation and foreign text should not be taken as implying that the two works are identical, or that the translation tje not an independent work of authorship. At a few points, I made the combination of various lexicons more jarring to remind the reader that he or she is reading a translation in the present.

Accordingly, Jones rates a mention in introductory surveys of criticism, whether they are devoted to the tragic genre or to specific tragedians e. Among the titbits offered is the information that the English translation of Umberto Eco’s bestselling The Name of the Rose in fact omits twelve pages of the original, cuts that influence our reading of the book.


Many of his points are correct. Louys initially planned to publish his text with detailed scholarly notes that identified his sources.

The factor that might finally mark an unauthorized translation as an infringement under the fair-use provision is the purpose and character of the use to which the translator puts the copyrighted work. The restoration may indeed be a domestic reconstruction with its own partialities, but it nonetheless seeks to compensate for a previous exclusion, however partially defined.

They were scholars, translators, and publishers who were more immediately concerned with questions specific to their respective disciplines and practices, questions of academic knowledge, aesthetic value, and commercial success. In this case, however, she was also confronted by a recalcitrant translation: Current linguistics-oriented approaches lack not only the theoretical assumptions to conceptualize and scnadals such literary translation projects, but the methodological tools to analyze them.

How the rare foreign bestseller achieves success in America is also discussed in an interesting section analyzing Italian author Giovanni Guareschi of Don Camillo fame.

Copyright is reserved for the scandqls, the producer who originates the form of the underlying work, and it covers only that form, the medium of expression as opposed to the idea or information expressed.

Yet the axiom also suggests that the translation effectively creates the foreign text in another language, that the different form created by the translator brings into existence another text with a different meaning.

Hilary rated it it was amazing Feb 28, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What this suggests is that translation projects can effect a change in a domestic representation of a foreign culture, not simply when they revise the canons of the most influential cultural constituency, but when another constituency in a different social situation produces and responds to the translations.


The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference by Lawrence Venuti

This was due in large part to the serendipitous tie-in with a popular form, a Broadway musical by a leading contemporary composer. The formation of cultural identities. Louys also has the Aphrodite-like beauty of his novel [Aphrodite, published in transation originate in Galilee and in her honor has referred to erotic pieces of the Old Testament. Regarding Tarchetti he regrettably fails to mention that one of Tarchetti’s pieces is, in fact, a copy an unattributed translation of a piece by Mary Shelley, leading to a curious conundrum of authorship and re-translation.

This is a relatively compact book; much more could be written about the subject. If according to Gricean implicature translation is a process of exploiting lawrebce maxims of the domestic linguistic community Baker During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries German translation was theorized and practiced as a means of developing a German-language literature. Thus, a joint work is regarded as seamlessly unified: Among the many remarkable things about this canon formation is the fact that the English-speaking tastes in lawrencr belonged to a limited group of readers, primarily academic specialists in Japanese literature associated with trade publishers.

The overriding assumption of this transaltion is perhaps the greatest scandal of translation: This technique immerses the reader in a world that is noticeably distant in time, but nonetheless affecting in contemporary terms – and without losing the awareness that the prose is over the top.