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New Maps for Germanic Literatures
The term "Untranslatables" is rooted in two explorations of translation written originally in German: Walter Benjamin's now ubiquitous "The Task of the Translator" and Goethe's extensive notes to his "tradaptation" of mystical Persian poetry. The essays collected in Un/Translatables unite two inescapable interventions in contemporary translation discourses: the concept of "Untranslatables" as points of productive resistance, and the Germanic tradition as the primary dialogue partner for translation studies. The essays collected in the volume pursue the critical itineraries that would result if "Untranslatables," as discussed in Barbara Cassin's Dictionary of Untranslatables, were returned, productively estranged, to their original German context. Thus, these essays explore Untranslatables across Germanic literatures—German, Yiddish, Dutch, and Afrikaans—and follow trajectories into Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, English, and Scots.
“In this new collection, Wiggin and MacLeod take on the critical issues at stake where the fields of translation, world history and literature confront each other, and situate them in engaging and provocative ways.” — Bella Brodzki, author of Can These Bones Live?: Translation, Survival, and Cultural Memory
“This fascinating volume is a welcome addition to the current offerings in cross-cultural studies and translation theory in the German context. There are some real jewels in this collection.” — Katherine Mary Faull, editor of Translation and Culture and Anthropology and the German Enlightenment: Perspectives on Humanity