Translation of Autobiography

Narrating self, translating the other

Susan XU Yun | Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
ISBN 9789027258830 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265104 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book presents an interdisciplinary study that straddles four academic fields, namely, autobiography, stylistics, narratology and translation studies. It shows that foregrounding is manifested in the language of autobiography, alerting readers to an authorial tone with certain ideological affiliations. In refuting the presumed conflation between the author, narrator and character in autobiography, the study emphasizes readers’ role in constructing an implied author. The issues of implied translator, assumed translation and rewriting are explored through a comparative analysis of the English and Chinese autobiographies by Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The analysis identifies different foregrounding practices and attributes these differences to an implied translator. Further evidence derived from narrative-communicative situations in the two autobiographies underscores divergent personae of the implied authors. The study aims to establish a deeper understanding of how translation and rewriting have a far-reaching impact on the self- and world-making functions of autobiography. This book will be of special interest to scholars and students of linguistics, literature, translation and political science.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 136] 2017.  xv, 231 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book provides a research model on autobiography and its translation, characterized by its integrated utilization of a varied number of linguistic, stylistic, narratological and translational theories and concepts. The validity of such a model has been put to test through the case study of Lee Kuan Yew’s English and Chinese autobiographies. Its argument is forceful, its analysis detailed and perceptive, and its findings significant.”
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Narrative Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFP: Translation & interpretation

Main BISAC Subject

LAN023000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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