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Chapter 11 - Notes on the Translator’s Space/The Editor’s Place

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2022

Jan Steyn
Affiliation:
University of Iowa
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Starting with the observation that the word translation has its etymological roots, as does metaphor, in notions of space, this chapter attempts to revivify the relevance of the notion of space in translation, by relating it to the space that typically is occupied by textual editors. It takes the example principally of Samuel Beckett: looking at examples from his own translation practice as well as his attitudes towards that practice; looking at the work of scholarly editing that went into the four-volume edition of his letters; and questioning the role of the editor who has traditionally been seen as ideally invisible and authoritative. The various stages that go into the making of such an edition – transcription, translation, selection, annotation – are revealed to be reluctant to conform to the notional ideal of the editor’s transparency.

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Crafts, Contexts, Consequences
, pp. 179 - 193
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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