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- DescriptionAs a growing number of contemporary velists write for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born-translated vels include passages that appear to be written in different tongues, narrators who speak to foreign audiences, and other visual and formal techniques that treat translation as a medium rather than as an afterthought. These strategies challenge the global dominance of English, complicate native readership, and protect creative works against misinterpretation as they circulate. They have also given rise to a new form of writing that confounds traditional models of literary history and political community. Born Translated builds a much-needed framework for understanding translation's effect on fictional works, as well as digital art, avant-garde magazines, literary anthologies, and visual media. Artists and velists discussed include J. M. Coetzee, Jut Diaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mohsin Hamid, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Lerner, China Mieville, David Mitchell, Walter Mosley, Caryl Phillips, Adam Thirlwell, Amy Waldman, and Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries. The book understands that contemporary literature begins at once in many places, engaging in a new type of social embeddedness and political solidarity. It recasts literary history as a series of convergences and departures and, by elevating the status of born-translated works, redefines common conceptions of author, reader, and nation.
- Author BiographyRebecca L. Walkowitz is professor and director of graduate studies in English and affiliate faculty in comparative literature at Rutgers University. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006) and the editor or coeditor of several books, including A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016, with Eric Hayot). She is the past president of the Modernist Studies Association.
- Author(s)Rebecca L. Walkowitz
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication25/08/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleLiterature Now
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note25 b&w illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine23 mm
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