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National Identity in Translation


Edited By Lucyna Harmon and Dorota Osuchowska

Language as an essential and constitutive part of national identity is what obviously gets lost in translation, being substituted by the language of another nation. For this reason, one could perceive national identity and translation as contradictory and proclaim a total untranslatability of the former. However, such a simplified conclusion would clearly deny the actual translation practice, where countless successful attempts to preserve the element of national identity can be testified. The authors of the book focus on the possibilities of various approaches to national identity as a research subject within Translation Studies. The authors hope that the variety of topics presented in this book will inspire further research.

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The Phenomenon of ‘Anti-Patriotism’ in Ukrainian Linguistic Culture: Translation Studies Perspective


Abstract: The phenomena of ‘patriotism’ and ‘anti-patriotism’ play important role in the modern geopolitical arena. Faithful reproduction of these concepts in translation ensures adequate perception of nationally and ethnically marked texts by a foreign recipient. Hence, the article is aimed to describe the existence and development of the concepts PATRIOTISM and ANTI-PATRIOTISM in the Ukrainian linguistic culture, taking into consideration its transitional phase between civilizations. Having applied the translation analysis of the scientific popular text translation, the researcher comes to a conclusion that correct reproduction of the concepts under analysis demands implementation of the additional information while translation in the form of footnotes or translator’s comments. The results of the current research can be further applied in the investigation of the concepts reproduction in translation of different types of texts.

Keywords: concept, patriotism, anti-patriotism, culture, civilization

1 Introduction

The history of Translation and Interpretation studies, particularly, in Ukraine includes numerous researches on the existence and reproduction of the concept PATRIOTISM. It may be explained by the gaining of Ukraine the status of the independent country at the end of the XX century and the historical process of its state development in modern time. The events of 2013–2014 years including the Revolution of Dignity, the annexation of Crimea and appearance of pro-Russian unrecognized states on the territories of Eastern Ukraine turned great attention to such phenomena as ‘anti-patriotism’. Nowadays, it is perceived not only as one of the hybrid war tools but...

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