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Sense in Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body

Sense in Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body

Rabourdin, Caroline ORCID: 0000-0002-9694-0384 (2020) Sense in Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body. Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies . Routledge. ISBN 978-0367266998 (doi:

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This innovative and interdisciplinary work brings together six essays which explore the complex relationship between linguistic translation and spatial translation and argue for an understanding of linguistic translation as an embodied phenomenon.

Integrating perspectives from philosophy, multilingual poetry and literature, as well as science and geometry, the book begins with a reading of translators Donald A. Landes’ and Richard Howard’s own notes on the translation and interpretation of the French words 'sens' and 'langue'. In the essays that follow, Rabourdin intertwines insights from both phenomenology and translation studies, engaging in notions of space, body, sense, and language as filtered through a multilingual lens and drawing on a diversity of sources, including work from such figures as Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Henri Poincaré, Michel Butor, Caroline Bergvall, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Louis Wolfson and Lisa Robertson. This interdisciplinary thematic perspective highlights the need for an understanding of the experience of translation as neither distinctly linguistic or spatial but one which fluidly allows for the bilingual body to sense and make sense.

This book offers a unique contribution to translation studies, comparative literature, French studies, and philosophy of language and will be of particular interest to students and scholars in these fields.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Embodied bilingualism, Translation studies, Phenomenology, Poetry, Spatial Literature, French Studies, Philosophy of language, perception, body, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Caroline Bergvall, Louis Wolfson, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Jacques Derrida, Lisa Robertson, Michel Butor, Henri Poincaré, Ferdinand de Saussure, Donald A. Landes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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