LINGUIST List 26.3085

Tue Jun 30 2015

Books: The Dao of Translation: Robinson

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>


Date: 22-Jun-2015
From: Lisa Farkas <Lisa.Farkastaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: The Dao of Translation: Robinson
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Title: The Dao of Translation
Subtitle: An East-West Dialogue
Series Title: Routledge Advances in Translation Studies
Published: 2015
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Book URL: http://bit.ly/1GD2lGb

Author: Douglas Robinson
Hardback: ISBN: 9781138846562 Pages: 242 Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Abstract:

The Dao of Translation sets up an East-West dialogue on the nature of language and translation, and specifically on the "unknown forces" that shape the act of translation. To that end it mobilizes two radically different readings of the Daodejing (formerly romanized as the Tao Te Ching): the traditional "mystical" reading according to which the Dao is a mysterious force that cannot be known, and a more recent reading put forward by Sinologists Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall, to the effect that the Dao is simply the way things happen. Key to Ames and Hall’s reading is that what makes the Dao seem both powerful and mysterious is that it channels habit into action—or what the author calls social ecologies, or icoses. The author puts Daoism (and ancient Confucianism) into dialogue with nineteenth-century Western theorists of the sign, Charles Sanders Peirce and Ferdinand de Saussure (and their followers), in order to develop an "icotic" understanding of the tensions between habit and surprise in the activity of translating.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Translation

Written In: English (eng)

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