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Title:Beyond the mono-cultural mind 'translating' English Studies
Author:Dimitriu, IleanaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (ISSN 2159-9130)
Volume:23
Issue:1
Pages:2-16
Language:English
Geographic terms:world
South Africa
Subjects:English language
translation
literary criticism
interdisciplinary studies
Abstract:The article considers the purpose and scope of English Studies in the academy today. English in South Africa has been characterized as a British-colonial legacy. English, however, in its literary dimension is not only the home of Shakespeare, but also the home of world literature, whether in the western classics (in translation) or, more recently (in translation), Afrikaans or isiXhosa literature, or the oral praises of the great Zulu kings. Is English Studies, therefore, a translated discipline? If so, what are the challenges? The argument investigates interdisciplinary links between translation/intercultural studies and English studies. It emphasizes a cultural, rather than linguistic, approach, in which translators are mediators and image-makers, rather than imitators. It also points to the value of contrastive text analysis (between English and another language) as an initiation into how texts are socially constructed, translated, or re-constructed. What is advocated is not a dismissal, but a re-reading, of older traditions in English literature. The route to the wider, more linguistically and culturally various world to which we may lay a claim is via translation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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