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Tradition, Translation, Trauma: The Classic and the Modern

Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews


This book is concerned with how Classic texts — mainly Greek and Latin but also Arabic and Portuguese — become present in later cultures and how they resonate in the modern. This book examines the topic in different ways. Some discuss singular encounters with the Classic — those of Heaney, Pope, Fellini, Freud, IbnQutayba, Cavafy and others — and show how translations engage with the affective impact of texts over time and space. Chapters offer images of translation: as movement of a text over time, space, language, and culture. Some of these images are resistant, even violent: tradition as si ... More

Keywords: Classic texts, Heaney, Pope, Fellini, Freud, IbnQutayba, Cavafy, translation, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Parker, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University

Timothy Mathews, editor
Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, University College London

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Susan Bassnett


Jan Parker

Part I Handing on, Making Anew, Refusing the Classic


Frederick Ahl

1 Fuzzy Connections

Lorna Hardwick

3 Sophoclean Journeys

Pat Easterling

5 Eating Eumolpus

Richard Armstrong

6 After Freud

Rachel Bowlby

Part II Modernity and its Price; Nostalgia and the Classic

7 The Price of the Modern

Christopher Prendergast

10 Lost in Nostalgia

Wen-chin Ouyang

Part III The Time of Memory, the Time of Trauma

11 No Consolation

Gail Holst‐Warhaft

12 The Abject Eidos

Jane Montgomery Griffiths

15 Mediating Trauma

Piotr Kuhiwczak


Timothy Mathews


Derek Attridge

End Matter