After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byGEORGE STEINER

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`Translation has long needed a champion, and at last in George Steiner it has found a scholar who is a match for the task.' Sunday Times First published in 1975, After Babel constituted the first systematic investigation of the theory and processes of translation since the eighteenth century. In mapping out its own field, it quickly established itself as both controversial and seminal, and gave rise to a considerable, andstill-growing, body of secondary literature. Even today, with its status as a modern classic beyond question, many of the books insights remain provocative and challenging. For the second edition of After Babel, George Steiner entirely revised the text, added new and expanded notes, provided a substantially updated bibliography (including much Russian and Eastern European material), and wrote a new preface setting the book in the present context of hermeneutics,poetics, and translation studies. `Steiner's subject is extravagantly rich and he ponders it on the most generous scale...his language and his ideas display even-handedness, seriousness without heaviness, learning without pedantry, and sober charm.' New Yorker

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When it first appeared in 1975, AFTER BABEL created a sensation, quickly establishing itself as both a controversial and seminal study of literary theory. Taking issue with modern linguistics, author George Steiner finds the root of the "Babel problem" in our deep instinct for privacy and territory, noting that every people has in its ...

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`Translation has long needed a champion, and at last in George Steiner it has found a scholar who is a match for the task.' Sunday Times First published in 1975, After Babel constituted the first systematic investigation of the theory and processes of translation since the eighteenth century. In mapping out its own field, it quickl...

George Steiner is Extraordinary Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, and Professor of English and Compararive Literature at the University of Geneva.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.14 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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When it first appeared in 1975, AFTER BABEL created a sensation, quickly establishing itself as both a controversial and seminal study of literary theory. Taking issue with modern linguistics, author George Steiner finds the root of the "Babel problem" in our deep instinct for privacy and territory, noting that every people has in its language a unique body of shared secrecy. This new edition updates the bibliography and includes Russian and Eastern European material.

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'the book has strong claims to the status of modern classic: a sometimes spiky, sometimes mercilessly dense text'Independent on Sunday