Literary Translation

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

“Where literature exists, translation exists” (Grossman 2010: 33). In her brief but incisive book titled Why Translation Matters, expert translator Edith Grossman reminds us of the deep translational roots of all that we call literary: stories (including many that are considered foundational to a particular culture) are not static, but rather continually passed from generation to generation, community to community, and this cannot help but involve a complex process of interpretation and re-interpretation. The flowering of learning that ushered in Europe’s modern age, represented by the Renaissance, was rooted in a new access to texts that were being translated from Latin into the vernacular languages of Europe. A…

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Henitiuk, Valerie. "Literary Translation". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 May 2012
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