Transmesis Inside Translation's Black Box

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-08-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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'Transmesis' refers to the appearance of translation as a topic in works of world literature. Fiction (including novels, short stories, and plays) uses mimesis to uncover the items in translation's black box, bringing to light those aspects of the translational process that translations as 'finished' products conceal, and exploring the question of how to represent language and multilingual realities in literature. This study compares modern and contemporary literary works from around the globe that have translation as a central theme, and that treat one of four of said black-box issues: language as embodiment; unknown language; conversion; and postcolonial derivations.

Author Biography

Thomas O. Beebee is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the Pennsylvania State University. His publications include: Clarissa on the Continent (1991); The Ideology Of Genre (1994); Epistolary Fiction in Europe (1999); Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492 – 2002 (2008); Nation and Region in Modern European and American Fiction (2008); and Citation and Precedent (2011).

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