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Translating Sensitive Texts

Linguistic Aspects


Edited by Karl Simms

This volume brings together twenty-two of the world's leading translation and interpreting theorists, to address the issue of sensitivity in translation. Whether in novels or legal documents, the Bible or travel brochures, in translating ancient texts or providing simultaneous interpretation, sensitive subject-matter, contentious modes of expression and the sensibilities of the target audience are the biggest obstacles to acceptance of the translator's work. The contributors bring to bear a wide variety of approaches - generative, cognitive, lexical and functional - in confronting this problem, and in negotiating the competing claims of source cultures and target cultures in the areas of cultural, political, religious and sexual sensitivity. All of the articles are presented here for the first time, and in his Introduction Karl Simms gives an overview of the philosophical and linguistic questions which have motivated translators of sensitive texts through the ages. This book will be of interest to all working translators and interpreters, and to teachers of translation theory and practice.

Victoria Carpenter

of disconnecting from reality to create a different in-text persona for himself in order to act out deep-seated power fantasies. The theme of violence, reconciliation, and memory continues in Roland Spiller, ‘Espectros en el archivo, aspectos mediáticos del trauma guatemalteco en El material humano

Dominik Zink

in a more classical (epicurean and stoic) way—in the poem Blick und Blick —is a reconciliation of past and future in one present moment. Hence, the Augenblick and therefore art in general can either create the conviction for a subject that the world is there for its sake or, on the contrary, that

Deirdre Kelly

(2001), which depict the testimonies of Civil War survivors, the portentous penalties for those on the losing side, the social injustices regarding their legacy, and the possibility of a national reconciliation. Victoria Ketz (17–37) looks at how Almudena Grandes employs narrative voice and rhetorical

Brian Jeffrey Maxson

: Virtue, Rhetoric, and the Orthodox Sources of Unbelief’, RQ , 70:935–976, features a long chronological analysis of authors to show how the reconciliation of the virtuous pagan philosopher with Christianity had deep implications for the development of secularism. Federica Ciccolella and Luigi Silvano