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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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Translating the ‘Foreign’

Translating the ‘Foreign’

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(p.129) Chapter 6 Translating the ‘Foreign’
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Poetry & Translation
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315534.007

This chapter examines issues concerning the translation of ‘foreign poems’. It suggests that key problem with ‘the foreign’ as a way of thinking about translation is that it sets the drama of difference on the contrasted stages of the original language culture and the translation language culture. It contends that this situation tends to occlude the conflicts that define the original text's language in its relations with its culture and the multitude of similarities in difference between the original's culture and the translation's. This chapter also considers Vittorio Sereni's prose memoir Ventisei and Lawrence Venuti's commentaries on the formation of cultural identities in The Scandals of Translation.

Keywords:   foreign poems, translation, original language culture, translation language culture, Vittorio Sereni, Ventisei, Lawrence Venuti, cultural identities, The Scandals of Translation

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