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Remus Valsan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697748

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697748.001.0001

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Translating Part of France’s Legal Heritage: Aubry and Rau on the Patrimoine

Translating Part of France’s Legal Heritage: Aubry and Rau on the Patrimoine

(p.163) 8 Translating Part of France’s Legal Heritage: Aubry and Rau on the Patrimoine*
Trusts and Patrimonies

Nicholas Kasirer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers one of the great texts of nineteenth-century French legal literature: an English translation of Cours de droit civil français, a scholarly description of patrimony in French law written by Charles Aubry and Frédéric-Charles Rau. The discussion is based on three assumptions about legal translation as a means of giving voice to some of the supposed Frenchness of French law. First, the text captures some of the substantive genius of French property law. Second, that part of the formal genius of French law — its style, its aesthetic — is also trapped in texts such as Aubry and Rau on the patrimony. Third, these formal and substantive messages can be drawn out of French and then cast — transposed, translated — into English.

Keywords:   legal literature, English translation, Cours de droit civil français, patrimony, French law, Charles Aubry, Frédéric-Charles Rau, legal translation, property law

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