LINGUIST List 12.295

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Books: Translation

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  1. Kathryn King, Translation: Translation & Nation by R. Ellis & L. Oakley-Brown (eds.)

Message 1: Translation: Translation & Nation by R. Ellis & L. Oakley-Brown (eds.)

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 12:02:16 +0000
From: Kathryn King <>
Subject: Translation: Translation & Nation by R. Ellis & L. Oakley-Brown (eds.)

A Cultural Politics of Englishness

Edited by Roger Ellis and Liz Oakley-Brown 

(Cardiff University)

- Fills a gap in which there are few publications which focus on the
 construction of Englishness through vernacular translations
- Suggest ways of looking at the questioning of the English subject
 through texts that engage with translation in differing ways
- Use of vernacular texts has signifiance in terms of identity,
 represetation and subjectivity

In recent years the marginal position which has defined translators
and their texts has come under increasing and sustained
challenge. However, although translation and subjectivity has been
thoroughly considered in terms of post-colonialism and
post-structuralism, there are few discussions which focus specifically
on the construction of 'Englishness' through vernacular
translation. Using a range of theoretical approaches the five essays
in this volume aim to realise such an understanding of translation by
critically analysing the cultural and political implications of
translation and the construction of English subjectivities at
particular historical moments.

1. Figures of English Translation 1382-1407 Roger Ellis (Cardiff University) 
2. Translating the Subject: Ovid's Metamorphoses in the 1560s Liz
3. Women Translators, Gender and the Cultural Context of the Scientific
 Revolution Christa Knellwolf (Australian National University)
4. Hooked on the Classics: the Discourses of Allusion in the Mid-Victorian 
 Novel Hugh Osborne
5. "All the Others Translate": W.H. Auden's Poetic Dislocations of the
 Self, Nation & Culture Rainer Emig (University of Regensburg)

Roger Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff University. He
has published on Chaucer, the Middle English mystics and St. Bridget
of Sweden. Since 1987 he has organised International Conferences on
Medieval Translation, and has edited the Proceedings, now part of a
Series The Medieval Translator, which he also co-edits.

Liz Oakley-Brown did her PhD on English translations of Ovid's
Metamorphoses. As well as continuing her research on translations of
the Metamorphoses by women in England, she is also editing Caxton's
translation of the Metamorphoses for publication in The Medieval

Topics in Translation 18 (TT18) Format 210x148mm 232pp March 2001
Hbk ISBN 1-85359-518-7 �49.95/ US$74.95/ CAN$99.95
Pbk ISBN 1-85359-517-9 �19.95/ US$29.95/ CAN$39.95

This book (and all Multilingual Matters books) can be ordered via our
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in case of difficulty contact the publisher for further details of how
to order. 

- Kathryn King Multilingual Matters Ltd Frankfurt Lodge,
Clevedon Hall Victoria Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7HH, UK
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