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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

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318672.003.0013

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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