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Translating Emotion

Studies in Transformation and Renewal Between Languages

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Kathleen Shields and Michael Clarke

This collection of essays can be situated in a development that has been underway in translation studies since the early 1990s, namely the increasing focus on translators themselves: translators as embodied agents, not as instruments or conduits. The volume deals with different kinds of emotion and different levels of the translation process. For example, one essay examines the broad socio-cultural context, and others focus on the social event enacted in translation, or on the translator’s own performative act. Some of the essays also problematize the linguistic challenges posed by the cultural distance of the emotions embodied in the texts to be translated.
The collection is broad in scope, spanning a variety of languages, cultures and periods, as well as different media and genres. The essays bring diverse questions to a topic rarely directly addressed and map out important areas of enquiry: the translator as an emotional cultural intermediary, the importance of emotion to cognitive meaning, the place of emotion in linguistic reception, and translation itself as a trope whereby emotion can be expressed.

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Acknowledgements The editors would like to thank the Maynooth translation studies group for their support in the initial stages of this volume. In particular we are grateful to the enouragement of Prof. Peter Denman at this stage. Thanks are also due to Sikorski Edition for kind permission to quote the short extract from David Fanning’s monograph, Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (London: Ashgate, 2004) that appears in Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin’s article. We are also grateful to the National University of Ireland and to NUI Maynooth for providing grants towards the publication of this volume.

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