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On ne naît pas femme: on le devientThe Life of a Sentence$
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Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190608811

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190608811.001.0001

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Retranslating The Second Sex into Finnish

Retranslating The Second Sex into Finnish

Choices, Practices, and Ideas

(p.331) 17 Retranslating The Second Sex into Finnish
On ne naît pas femme: on le devient

Erika Ruonakoski

Oxford University Press

Finnish is one of the few existent Finno-Ugric languages, a language without articles, and with only one, genderless word for the pronouns “she” and “he”. Due to this, the problems faced by the Finnish translators of The Second Sex differed in some ways from those discussed after the publication of the new English translation. This chapter describes the genesis of the second, unabridged Finnish translation, the choices made by the translators as well as the philosophical interpretations motivating those choices. In addition, Beauvoir’s way of understanding the concept of becoming is analyzed. The chapter ends with a discussion of the philosophy of translation and of the reception of the second Finnish translation.

Keywords:   Beauvoir, Finnish, Finno-Urgic, philosophy of translation, translation theory, The Second Sex

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