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When Mirrors Are WindowsA View of A.K. Ramanujan's Poetics$
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Guillermo Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463602.001.0001

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Translating Tradition

Translating Tradition

(p.343) 8 Translating Tradition
When Mirrors Are Windows

Guillermo Rodríguez

Oxford University Press

The last chapter deals with Ramanujan’s concept of tradition as a scholar, as a modern Indian poet, and as a pioneering translator. It shows how Ramanujan was sensitive to the diverse Indian and Western models of literary history and tradition and how he made creative use of ‘the past’ in multiple ways. Therefore, his notion of tradition is assessed in its theoretical (scholarly and artistic) dimension and in its descriptive aspects, including the experimentation with traditional poetic forms and techniques. This leads to an analysis of Ramanujan’s ideas on translation, which covers mainly theoretical aspects—such as the functions of translating and the role of the translator—rather than the technique of translating particular texts. It thus scrutinizes Ramanujan’s view of translation in a wider sense of contexts, readers, cultures, and systems, and explores the links of translation to poetic creativity and translation as a metaphor in his life and work.

Keywords:   literary tradition, literary historiography, translation studies, cultural translation, postcolonial theory, Indian literary criticism, translator-poet

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