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Katherine Mansfield and Translation$
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Claire Davison, Gerri Kimber, and W. Todd Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400381

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400381.001.0001

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Unshed Tears: Meaning, Trauma and Translation

Unshed Tears: Meaning, Trauma and Translation

(p.63) Unshed Tears: Meaning, Trauma and Translation
Katherine Mansfield and Translation

Davide Manenti

Edinburgh University Press

The repetition compulsion through which the trauma victim attempts at working out his or her neuroses shares similarities with the compulsion to repeat enacted in translation. Translation, like trauma, happens belatedly, looks back at the past of the source text and at the same time looks forward to the future of the translated text. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines literary, translation and trauma studies, this article presents an analysis of Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Life of Ma Parker’ and of the translational challenges it poses. The author finally suggests a rethinking of translation as a peculiar and unexpected form witnessing that, like trauma, originates where a direct access to meaning seems to be denied.

Keywords:   repetition compulsion, trauma, translation, Mansfield, Ma Parker, witnessing, meaning

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