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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue
Tradition, Translation, Trauma

Susan Bassnett

Oxford University Press

This prologue begins by considering the nature of translation, describing it as a means of recovering the past, of bringing the dead back to life, but what it recovers must remain forever incompletely known and understood. It then turns to the emergence of the systematic study of translation in the late 1960s. It argues that the study of translation is the study of textual voyages. Some of those voyages have led to extraordinary discoveries, for translation has so often been a force for innovation and renewal; other voyages have been journeys of rescue, ensuring the salvation of abandoned or lost works, while others have been transformative and life-enhancing.

Keywords:   translation, language, translation studies

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