Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context by Niranjana, TejaswiniSiting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context by Niranjana, Tejaswini

Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context

byNiranjana, Tejaswini

Paperback | January 8, 1992

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The act of translation, Tejaswini Niranjana maintains, is a political action. Niranjana draws on Benjamin, Derrida, and de Man to show that translation has long been a site for perpetuating the unequal power relations among peoples, races, and languages. The traditional view of translation underwritten by Western philosophy helped colonialism to construct the exotic "other" as unchanging and outside history, and thus easier both to appropriate and control.

Scholars, administrators, and missionaries in colonial India translated the colonized people's literature in order to extend the bounds of empire. Examining translations of Indian texts from the eighteenth century to the present, Niranjana urges post-colonial peoples to reconceive translation as a site for resistance and transformation.
Tejaswini Niranjana received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and teaches in the Department of English at the University of Hyderabad.
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Title:Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.22 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:January 8, 1992Publisher:University of California Press

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ISBN - 10:0520074513

ISBN - 13:9780520074514

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"Niranjana's study is an attempt to rethink translation as an ideological and political issue in language that draws our attention to the irreducible complicity between colonial domination and traditional notions of representation. . . . "Siting Translation is a timely expression of certain intellectual dissatisfaction with the site of theory in academia today."--"Journal of Asian Studies