Contributions to Science, Vol 12, No 2 (2016)

Migrations of meaning: Women, translation, visibility, invisibility

Mary Ann Newman


All speech, indeed, all thought, is a translation of the impressions and sensations we seek to transmit. Intralingual translation is generally unconscious; interlingual translation is a conscious act, marked by vulnerability. Translation is always imperfect, as there are no perfect equivalencies, but its depiction as traitorous is based in semi-religious interpretation. In fiction it often reflects political and sexual barriers to be crossed. In practice, it engages power, between majority and lesser-known languages, and it gives access to power. Finally, it is a gendered act, in which the translator, required to be invisible, brings the unseen to the surface. [Contrib Sci 12(2):109-115 (2016)]

Keywords: language · meaning · translation · interpretation

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