Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASIAN 4481 - [Translation and Cultural Difference]

(also COML 4700 )(GB) (KCM-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015.

N. Sakai.

Problems concerning translation are explored. Although there are many different models of translation, we tend to be confined to the unilateral regime of translation, that is, the very narrow and historically specific mode of translation as a transnational transfer of significance between two national or ethnic languages. This course will survey theories of translation with special emphasis on relationships between trans-national translation and transnational transference. Translation establishes a division of two spheres and thereby marks the limit of what can be expressed in one medium. Broadly understood, translation can take place not only between two national languages but also at a variety of boundaries within a single society. We will investigate different economics of translation by which different social and cultural identities are constructed, emphasizing the disappearance of multi-lingualism in the modern nation-state and the mutation of translation economies which has given rise to new ways of imagining the organicist unity of the society. Historical transformation of translation and accompanying the genesis of linguistic and cultural identity will be examined in reference to historical materials. Furthermore, the course will explore the broader conception of translation in terms of which to critically understand communication as the ideology of Capital. (LL)

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