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Poetry & TranslationThe Art of the Impossible$
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Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312182

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315534

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Nostalgia for World Culture

Nostalgia for World Culture

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(p.102) Chapter 5 Nostalgia for World Culture
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Poetry & Translation
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315534.006

This chapter examines the larger ramifications of poetry and translation in relation to world literature. It discusses Nadezhda Mandelstam's nostalgia for world culture and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's idea about world literature. It suggests that the impossibility of translation is consistent with the idea of world culture and that nostalgia or the longing for a world of differences is expressed by the strict impossibility of translation. This chapter also contends that the use of literal meaning to privilege a particular word-choice in poetry translation does not guarantee perfect replication of sense between languages.

Keywords:   poetry, translation, world literature, Nadezhda Mandelstam, nostalgia, world culture, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, world of difference, literal meaning, word choice

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