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Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism$
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S. E. Wilmer and Audrone Zukauskaite

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.001.0001

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Reading Antigone in Translation: Text, Paratext, Intertext

Reading Antigone in Translation: Text, Paratext, Intertext

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Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Deborah H. Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the many translations of Antigone from 1900 to the present, and with some of the ways in which these diverse translations establish for the reader without Greek the normative Antigone against which more radically transformed Antigones will be seen. It investigates selected aspects of text, paratext, and intertext, exploring translators' variously and subtly transformative choices as conditioned by their approach to translation, their choice of form and level of diction, and their interpretation both of the play as a whole and of particular passages. The chapter concludes by noting several features in the most recent translations that tend to enable a reading that is more aware of the relation between original and translation and between translation and reader.

Keywords:   translation, translator, text, paratext, intertext, normative

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