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The Literatures of the French PacificReconfiguring Hybridity$
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Raylene Ramsay

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380376

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380376.001.0001

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Writing (In) the Language(s) of the Other

Writing (In) the Language(s) of the Other

Translation as Third Space

(p.83) 2 Writing (In) the Language(s) of the Other
The Literatures of the French Pacific

Raylene Ramsay

Liverpool University Press

The canonical translations of Kanak oral literatures by Louise Michel (the Red Virgin), Maurice Leenhardt (the missionary-ethnographer), and Alban Bensa (the contemporary ethnographer) are inevitably forms of re-writing, of capture and transfer of the Other, through and into French idiom. The particular character of the third space produced, however, is very different, determined by the translator's historical position and personal (gendered) contexts. The different ways in which the translator or reader come to add themselves to the tale (re)told create a distinctive form of socio-linguistic mixing we have labelled translational hybridity.

Keywords:   Translation, Louise Michel, Maurice Leenhardt, Alban Bensa, Oral literatures, Translational hybridity

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