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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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Ananda Devi as Transcolonial Translator

Ananda Devi as Transcolonial Translator

(p.216) Ananda Devi as Transcolonial Translator
Intimate Enemies

Julia Waters

Liverpool University Press

This article investigates the complex network of non-hierarchical, transcolonial connections that underpin the French-language translation of Anglo-Guyanese writer David Dabydeen's The Counting House by Indo-Mauritian author and translator, Ananda Devi. Focusing on language at both thematic and formal levels, this article addresses the following, interrelated questions: What kinds of language does Dabydeen use in his novel, and how do these reflect the heteroglossic nature of the vernacular of its multiethnic cast of characters± What translational approaches does Devi employ, in Terres maudites, to reflect the linguistically innovative features of Dabydeen's original text, and how might her comprehension of the novel's historical, cultural and linguistic contexts influence these approaches± How does Devi's treatment of Creole and Indian terms as a translator compare with her approach as an author± The responses to these interrelated questions emphasise the need, in Translation Studies, to pay due attention to the identity of the translator and hence to the individual and contextual influences that so profoundly shape his or her intercultural engagement with source text, languages and cultures.

Keywords:   Transcolonialism, Guyana, Mauritius, Heteroglossia, Vernacular, Creole, Indian terms, identity of translator

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