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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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‘Making a Stay in X’: Suppressing Translation in ‘An Indiscreet Journey’

‘Making a Stay in X’: Suppressing Translation in ‘An Indiscreet Journey’

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(p.76) ‘Making a Stay in X’: Suppressing Translation in ‘An Indiscreet Journey’
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Katherine Mansfield and Translation
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Rachael Stanley

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400381.003.0006

This chapter discusses Mansfield’s depiction in her diary and in the short story, ‘An Indiscreet Journey’, of her visit to the French town of Gray during the First World War to meet her newly taken lover, Francis Carco. Mansfield’s description of this event involves a slippage between English and French, revealing a degree of instability in her writing that deliberately undermines her omnipotence as narrator. By carefully locating those moments in her retelling of this journey where we find translation being silently undertaken, where phrases are rendered in ungrammatical or non-idiomatic English, we can open up where the fictional account of this event diverges from the ‘real’ event that took place on 19th February 1915. The French language is revealed to be a marker of Mansfield’s attempt to repress and make unreal the more troubling and upsetting realities not only of war, but of a doomed love affair.

Keywords:   French, Translation, Suppression, Indiscreet, Journey, Diary, Carco, Fantasy, War, Language

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