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Publishing Africa in FrenchLiterary Institutions and Decolonization 1945-1967$
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Ruth Bush

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381953

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381953.001.0001

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Translating Africa in the French republic of letters

Translating Africa in the French republic of letters

(p.181) Chapter Six Translating Africa in the French republic of letters
Publishing Africa in French

Ruth Bush

Liverpool University Press

‘Translating Africa in the French republic of letters’ is the concluding chapter in the ‘Mediations’ section of the text as well as the book itself, and focuses on the role of translation as a further worldly aspect of literary mediation in the period of decolonization. The chapter suggests that translation depends not only on the relative position of languages, but on material conditions, shaped by the prestige of the translated author and, at times, the translator, and delineates writers’ and translators’ often strained relationships to notions of literary value during the decades of decolonization. By situating three translations in relation to the context of their publication and early reception, Bush considers the ways in which normative ideas of French as a literary language, bound up with the political transitions of this period, informed and accommodated translations of Anglophone African literature.

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary History, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Literary Criticism, African Studies, French Studies

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