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Gained in Translation: Language, Poetry, and Identity in Twentieth-century Ireland

Shields, Kathleen

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ISBN 10: 3906764915 / ISBN 13: 9783906764917
Published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
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Num Pages: 227 pages. BIC Classification: CFP. Category: (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 220 x 150. Weight in Grams: 330. Good clean copy with some minor shelf wear. 2000. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KTJ0032520

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Title: Gained in Translation: Language, Poetry, and...

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This is a study of the importance of translation for twentieth-century literature in Ireland, particularly poetry. While the focus is principally on writing in English, the main argument is that translation transforms this literature by opening it up to the other literatures of Europe. The work falls into three parts: in the first the poets of the 1930s and their multilingual texts are considered. The second part deals with writers of the 1960s and 1970s and the transactions between literature in English and literature in Irish. The third part treats more recent writers and their use of translation to refer to historical events, places and lives. These visible translators, by manipulating their chosen texts, constantly call into question the idea of a national literature. The approach throughout is to bring issues current in translation studies to bear upon the field of literary criticism.

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The Author: Kathleen Shields is a Lecturer in French at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She was a senior editor on the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary project (1994) and has since then published several articles on translation and literature.

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