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Charting the Future of Translation History

Edited by Georges L. Bastin and Paul F. Bandia

Over the last 30 years there has been a substantial increase in the study of the history of translation. Both well-known and lesser-known specialists in translation studies have worked tirelessly to give the history of translation its rightful place. Clearly, progress has been made, and the history of translation has become a viable independent research area.

This book aims at claiming such autonomy for the field with a renewed vigour. It seeks to explore issues related to methodology as well as a variety of discourses on history with a view to laying the groundwork for new avenues, new models, new methods. It aspires to challenge existing theoretical and ideological frameworks. It looks toward the future of history. It is an attempt to address shortcomings that have prevented translation history from reaching its full disciplinary potential. From microhistory, archaeology, periodization, to issues of subjectivity and postmodernism, methodological lacunae are being filled.

Contributors to this volume go far beyond the text to uncover the role translation has played in many different times and settings such as Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle-east and Asia from the 6th century to the 20th. These contributions, which deal variously with the discourses on methodology and history, recast the discipline of translation history in a new light and pave the way to the future of research and teaching in the field.

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City of the Dead and Song of the Night

translated by Gilbert C. F. Fong and Mabel Lee

Presented in English for the first time in this book are two plays by Gao Xingjian originally written in Chinese: City of the Dead and Song of the Night. City of the Dead is the first of Gao Xingjian’s plays to focus fully on the male-female relationship. In this work, he transforms a wellknown ancient morality tale, “Zhuangzi Tests His Wife”, which had been used to caution women against being unfaithful to their husbands, into a modern play that is in keeping with his own sympathetic stance towards women in male-female relationships. In a certain sense, City of the Dead may be regarded as defining Gao’s fundamental view that men possess a flippant and cavalier attitude to their female sexual partner or partners, and that women who become involved in sexual relationships with men are therefore doomed to suffer. Among Gao Xingjian’s theatrical portrayals of the female psyche, Song of the Night is his most ambitious and most detailed one. Gao’s articulation of the female psyche is embedded in a solid substratumbedrock of his autobiographical impulses. It is through female actors, and his range of ingenious theatrical innovations that Gao succeeds in convincingly portraying his personal view of the power dynamics generated in male-female sexual relationships, and how these are played out. Together, these two plays advance Gao Xingjian’s innovative theatrical experiments in dramatic prose across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The English translations of City of the Dead and Song of the Night in the present volume will lead to significant English-language productions of these plays, and concomitantly a greater understanding of Gao’s plays.

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Computer-Aided Translation Technology

A Practical Introduction

Lynne Bowker

Lynne Bowker introduces the world of technology to the world of translation in this unique book, the first of its kind. Bowker reveals the role of technology in translation and how to use this ever developing tool.

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Conversations with Interpreter Educators

Exploring Best Practices

by Christine Monikowski

Sign language interpreter education is a relatively young field that is moving toward more theory-based and research-oriented approaches. The concept of sharing research, which is strongly encouraged in this academic community, inspired Christine Monikowski to develop a volume that collects and distills the best teaching practices of leading academics in the interpreting field. In Conversations with Interpreter Educators, Monikowski assembles a group of 17 professors in the field of sign language interpretation. Through individual interviews conducted via Skype, Monikowski engages them in informal conversations about their teaching experiences and the professional publications that have influenced their teaching philosophies. She guides each conversation by asking these experts to share a scholarly publication that they assign to their students. They discuss the merits of the text and its role in the classroom, which serves to highlight the varying goals each professor sets for students. The complexity of the interpreting task, self-reflection, critical thinking, linguistics, backchannel feedback, and cultural understanding are a sampling of topics explored in these exchanges. Engaging and accessible, Monikowski’s conversations offer evidence-based practices that will inform and inspire her fellow educators.

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Counter Position

Anja UTLER

This pocket-sized paperback is one of the twenty-four titles published for 2017 Hong Kong International Poetry Nights. The theme of IPHHK2017 is “Ancient Enmity”. IPNHK is one of the most influential international poetry events in Asia. From 22–26 November 2017, over 20 invited poets from various countries will be in Hong Kong to read their works based on the theme “Ancient Enmity.” Included in the anthology and box set, these unique works are presented with Chinese and English translations in bilingual or trilingual formats.

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D'un islam textuel vers un islam contextuel

La traduction du Coran et la construction de l'image de la femme

Naïma Dib

La mise en tutelle de la musulmane est-elle cautionnée par le Coran? L'idée de l'infériorité de la femme est-elle réellement inscrite dans le Coran? Telles sont les questions auxquelles l'auteure tente de répondre dans le présent ouvrage. Elle se penche sur les diverses approches adoptées par des penseurs réformistes musulmans, dont elle expose les enjeux sociaux, politiques et culturels ainsi que les finalités. Elle procède à une analyse comparative du Coran et d'un certain nombre de traductions françaises et anglaises, à l'issue de laquelle elle fait émerger une conception de la femme et du monde différente de celle proposée par les traductions. Elle explore ensuite le discours social commun, discours auquel participe la traduction, et qui se révèle empreint d'une vision androcentrique dans laquelle l'infériorité de la femme découle d'une construction humaine, inspirée par un besoin de domination. Grâce aux analyses sémiotique et sociohistorique, l'auteur démontre que le Coran peut être lu autrement et ce qui en ressort est une conception plus égalitaire de l'homme et de la femme.

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De interpretatione recta - De la traduction parfaite

Leonardo Bruni

Le traité De interpretatione recta de l'humaniste italien Leonardo Bruni fut rédigé vers 1424. Il représente le plus ancien traité de traduction connu après les réflexions de saint Jérôme, et se présente comme un manifeste de la culture humaniste. Les grandes questions théoriques sur le transfert linguistique se lient aux réflexions sur le rapport entre mots et choses, style et pensées. Présenté dans une édition critique richement commenté, ce traité est indispensable à l'historien de la traduction et forme le premier maillon d'une chaîne de la compréhension sur cette science de l'incertitude qu'est la traduction. Le texte original en latin est présenté en face d'une nouvelle traduction française de Charles Le Blanc.

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De l’autre côté du Jourdain

Margaret Laurence

Ghana, 1956. Nous sommes à la veille de l’indépendance. Nathaniel Amegbe est professeur dans une école ghanéenne plutôt médiocre. Johnnie Kestoe est comptable dans une firme textile britannique à Accra. Les deux hommes s’affronteront autour de la question de l’« africanisation », cette politique de passation des responsabilités entre Britanniques et Ghanéens.

De l’autre côté du Jourdain est le premier roman de Margaret Laurence, cette matriarche de la littérature. Cette traduction est une invitation à découvrir une facette méconnue de l’œuvre d’une grande écrivaine qui, pendant son séjour en Afrique de 1950 à 1956, a su capter tout l’espoir et les bouleversements imposés par les indépendances africaines à l’ordre du monde.

Mais avant tout, il s’agit d’une invitation à découvrir une Afrique fébrile, des personnages attachants, le tout écrit avec un talent incontestable, dans une pluralité de voix à couper le souffle.

Réflexion sur l’indépendance, tant intérieure que politique, De l’autre côté du Jourdain annonçait déjà les grands romans emblématiques de Laurence, dont, L’ange de pierre et Les devins.

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De Paris à Nuremberg

Naissance de l'interpretation de conférence

Jesús Baigorri Jalón

Dans cet ouvrage, rédigé à partir d’une abondante documentation de première main, Jesús Biagorri Jalón retrace les origines de l’interprétation de conférence et analyse avec la rigueur et la minutie de l’historien et l’expérience de l’interprète les principaux enjeux, politiques, sociaux et culturels ayant entouré la naissance de cette profession au début du XXe siècle. À notre époque où se multiplient les échanges internationaux dans tous les domaines, cette histoire intéressera non seulement les langagiers que sont les traducteurs et les interprètes, mais aussi les étudiants et les professeurs des écoles de traduction et d’interprétation ainsi que tous ceux qui s’intéressent des près ou de loin aux relations internationales des points de vue linguistiques, culturels et politiques.

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The Dead in the Garden

by Ghassan Zaqtan

This pocket-sized paperback is one of the twenty-two titles published for 2015 Hong Kong International Poetry Nights. The theme of IPHHK2015 is “Poetry and Conflict”. 21 international poets from 18 different places are invited to participate in recitations, symposia and sharing sessions of the Poetry Nights. A recitation focusing on 10 local Hong Kong poets, “Hong Kong Cantonese Poetry Night” is included. This collection seeks to make accessible the best of contemporary international poetry with outstanding translations.

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