Susan Bassnett

Susan Bassnett
The University of Warwick · School of Modern Languages

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This article is an account of the personal journey of one writer, from her first encounters in the 1970s with fellow scholars sharing an interest in translation and a sense of frustration at the anti-translation prejudices of many colleagues working in literature or linguistics at that time. The article traces the gradual rise of translation studie...
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ScuderiAntonioDario Fo. Framing, Festival, and the Folkloric ImaginationLanham, MD; Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2011. 156 p. £35.14. ISBN: 978-0-7391-5111-2. - Volume 28 Issue 2 - Susan Bassnett
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Defining translationThe freedom of the translatorTranslation and powerCalibans and cannibalsThe translated colonyPostcolonial translation strategiesCultural translationConclusion References and Further Reading
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Rev. Ed. Repr Bibliogr. na s. 148-161
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The mass media are of paramount importance in the formulation and transmission of messages about key developments of global significance, such as terrorism and the war in Iraq, yet the key mediating role of translation in the reception of speeches and addresses of figures like Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein has remained largely invisible. Incor...
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This essay provides a historical overview of the island tradition in European literature and links it specifically to the notion of cultural translatability and the idea of the floating island as a floating signifier with a focus on canonical writers from Greco-Roman antiquity to the contemporary period, and finally using the example of the Caribbe...
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One of the principal innovations in literary criticism in the last twenty years has been the debate inspired by feminist writers on the problems of gender and language. While Anglo-American feminist scholars have focused more on sociological issues concerning women, on the construction of gender in different cultural contexts and on historiography,...
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Translation is a fashionable subject these days, and a steady stream of books on various aspects of translation in theory and practice bears witness to this trend. Many books are aimed at the burgeoning international student market and hence repeat much of what has been said over the thirty years since translation studies first emerged as a field o...
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Classic realism. The Time of the Hero. Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated from the Spanish by Lysander Kemp. London: Picador. 1986. 409pp. £4.50pb
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Stray foreigners Baumgartner's Bombay. Anita Desai, London: Heinemann. 1988. 230pp. £10.95hbTearing the Punjab Days of the Turban. Partap Sharma, London: Futura. 1988. 385pp. £4.95pb Ice‐Candy Man. Bapsi Sidhwa, London: Heinemann. 1988. 277pp. £11.95hbPrivileged insulation Plans for Departure. Nayantara Sahgal, London: Penguin. 1987. 216pp. £3.95pb...
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This essay considers shifts of approach in comparative literature, from early endeavours to trace direct influences of one author upon another to a more holistic model that sees the study of literature as the study of intertextual connections. Starting with Matthew Arnold's statement about the impossibility of comprehending any single literature ad...
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This essay considers reactions to the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, in particular the ways in which the founders of English Methodism, John and Charles Wesley used the event in their sermons and hymns respectively. The Wesleys focused on the vengeful power of the divine in order to urge people to look into their hearts and change their ways to avoid d...
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This essay touches upon issues of comparative studies, translation, post-colonialism, multivoicedness and reader's reception, set in an arrangement that implies their mutual clarification and entering into various configurations. The article's main thesis claims that a necessity has been recognised to approach comparative studies and translation st...
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Edward Kelley has generally had a bad press. Frances Yates dismisses him as “a fraud who deluded his pious master”,1 Charlotte Fell-Smith describes him as “an adventurer” with an “uncontrollable nature and overbearing ways”.2 The generally accepted version of the Dee-Kelley relationship, based on Weever’s Discourse of ancient Funeral Monuments,3 se...
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This article discusses the notion of ‘Otherness’ in contemporary Translation Studies. Here the term refers to a translator's confrontation with unfamiliar concepts, forms, and language as well as to the dilemma of rendering them in a different cultural context. Based on brief historical summaries of early, significant debates, such as the 19th cent...
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This paper is adapted from a keynote address given to the AUA Annual Conference, held at Warwick 14–16 March 2005
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This paper considers the long-standing debate in the field of translation concerning whether texts should be fully acculturated into the target system or should retain traces of their foreign origin. The author suggests that these debates become redundant, if not counter-productive in the field of news translation, where the demands of the target a...
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Starting with a reading of a translated text from an Islamist website, this essay looks at the underlying cultural and literary traditions that have influenced the translator's strategy. The author suggests that the horizon of expectation of the potential readership has been shaped by centuries of textual anxiety about Central Asia, a region percei...
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The author considers whether literature teaching has had its day, because nobody reads books any longer, because all literary road maps have been destroyed, because students prefer theorising to reading, because history is really the subject where the interesting thinking is taking place. Her conclusion, based on varied experience over some 30 year...
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This essay looks at ways in which travellers tales seek to authenticate themselves by claiming to be ‘truthful’ accounts of first hand experience. Aparallel is drawn between the travel writer and the translator, since both claim to bring versions of otherness to their readers, rewritten and presented in accessible (domesticated) language and form....
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The article considers the current position of research in the Humanities in the light of social changes and in particular changes in verbal and visual literacy. The author suggests that the two weakest areas in the Humanities, Literary Studies and Foreign Language Studies, need to rethink themselves increasingly in terms of rigour following the suc...
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This essay considers the changes that have taken place in the conceptualizing of a history of English poetry, as exemplified in two editions of The Oxford Book of English Verse. The first Edition, which appeared in 1900, was edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, founding father of Cambridge English, while the most recent version published in 1999 is...
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This essay takes a very personal look at Western assumptions and preconceptions of Eastern Europe. It argues that the notion of Eastern Europe which implies homogeneity, is absurd, in view of the cultural, religious, national, and linguistic differences between those states included under the general heading. The need to recognise difference betwee...
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Theatre scholarship is only just beginning to respond to the insights and emphases suggested by feminist criticism. In this introductory article to what we intend to be a strong and continuing thread in NTQ, Susan Bassnett outlines the resulting problems, and explores the historical context and conditions in terms of one central issue – the role of...
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BanuGeorgesLe Théâtre: sorties de secoursParis: Aubier, 1984. 72 Francs. ISBN 2-7007-0362-6. BanuGeorgesL'Acteur qui ne revient pasParis: Aubier, 1986. 72 Francs. BanuGeorgesBrook: les voies de la creation théâtrale, Vol. XIIIParis: Editions du CNRS, 1985. 250 Francs. ISBN 2-222-03614-3. BanuGeorgesMemoirs du théâtreArles: Actes Sud, 1987. 100 Fran...
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In this, the centenary year of Pirandello's birth, there has been a revival, hopefully more than just circumstantial, of interest in his work in the English-speaking theatre – which has previously tended to acknowledge his influence without often producing his plays. But Pirandello's own theatrical ambitions, which came quite late in his creative l...
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In the autumn of last year, two events took place which marked in very different ways the recognition that feminist thinking has affected theatre more profoundly than through the necessary logistics of job and role redistribution. In August, the first-ever festival of women in experimental theatre, known as Magdalena 86, took place in Cardiff. Then...
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HOLSTEBRO in Northern Denmark has become famous as the home of the Nordisk Theaterlaboratorium and the Odin Theatre Company, led by Eugenio Barba. In September 1986 an international congress organized by ISTA, the International School of Theatre Anthropology, also directed by Eugenio Barba, was held in Holstebro on the subject of ‘The Female Role a...
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Odin Teatret: a Twentieth Birthday Celebration - Volume 1 Issue 3 - Susan Bassnett
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In the first part of this article, published in NTQ1. Susan Bassnett introduced the two papers from ltalian contributors to the Conference on Theatre Analysis held last year at the University of Warwick, where she herself teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature. Here, she concludes her brief introduction to the work of the new generatio...