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- Notes on Contributors
- In Ancient Rome
- In the Classroom
- In the Custom House
- In Public
- Across Borders
- Mental Representation
- Mindreading and Social Status
- Dyslexia: Through the Eyes of da Vinci
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter argues that new approaches to the global history of books and the circulation of literatures across national and linguistic boundaries have changed the way we think about reading in translation. We now understand that reading in translation should involve more than an encounter with a stand-alone object and should be regarded as an intellectual and ethical imperative for any genuine student of literature, rather than a secondary or compensatory practice. Writers, translators, and publishers have been raising questions about what we need to read and why, what constitutes native and foreign literatures, the distinction between authors and translators, and the complexity of establishing an original or first version of a work. This chapter examines three recent works in translation that dramatize these changes in striking ways.
Rebecca L. Walkowitz is Distinguished Professor and Chair of English and Affiliate Faculty in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. Past President of the Modernist Studies Association, Walkowitz is the author or editor of ten books, including as author Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015) and Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism beyond the Nation (2006), and as editor, with Eric Hayot, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016) and, with Douglas Mao, Bad Modernisms (2006). She is now writing a book about the concept of the Anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing.
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