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Intimate EnemiesTranslation in Francophone Contexts$
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Kathryn Batchelor and Claire Bisdorff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318672

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318672.001.0001

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‘Un art de la fugue’: Translating Glissant's Poetry, Fiction and Prose d'idées

‘Un art de la fugue’: Translating Glissant's Poetry, Fiction and Prose d'idées

(p.181) ‘Un art de la fugue’: Translating Glissant's Poetry, Fiction and Prose d'idées
Intimate Enemies

Claire Bisdorff

Liverpool University Press

Édouard Glissant's innovative approach to language, be it in his poetry, fiction or prose d'idées, is now well documented. Glissant's work certainly fascinates Anglo-American academics and critics, as the recent proliferation of work on his oeuvre clearly shows. Celia Britton's book Édouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory: Strategies of Language and Resistance (1999) stands as evidence of the importance of Glissant (and the wider French Caribbean) for contemporary postcolonial theory - and translations have a clear role to play in the dissemination of prose d’idées from the French Caribbean to an English-speaking audience. Through the lens of linguistic transfer, this article uses translation as a privileged tool to analyse Glissant's poetics and to show how the very idea of translation is embedded in Glissant's fiction and poetry.

Keywords:   Édouard Glissant, Martinique, Caribbean poetics, Creolization, Multilingualism, orality, translation, subversion

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