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115-2 | 2013
Les traductions vieillissent-elles ?

Paris les 10-11-12 octobre 2011
Couverture 2-2013
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ISBN 978-2-86781-908-7

 “Do translations become dated?” The question asked by journalist Didier Jacob - when a polemic arose in the wake of the new translation of “The Great Gastby” by Julie Wolkenstein into French in 2013 - was the starting point for the herein reflexions upon the art of translation. Corollary questions immediately come to mind: what can one understand by “aging” in a translation?  The notion of aging itself is highly labile. Are the translator’s motives - or dissatisfactions – that entice to retranslating, only aesthetic? Could it merely be a trend matter, according to a literal reading of Charles Sorel’s words: “The privilege of translation is to be reiterated in all ages, in order to write books again according to the fashion?” Must works be periodically brought up to date, polished up, must they be given a new image? Must one be in tune with one’s time? The interdisciplinarity of the reflection - bringing together linguists, arts teachers, comparatists and translators in diverse Romanic languages - nourished, enriched the questioning upon translation and retranslation in a diachronic view, from the transmitter’s as well as the receiver’s point of view. Combining theoretical reflexion to the practice of texts or translators, this volume claims to question the real – or supposed – aging of translations, and more generally what entices to endlessly retranslate.   

Editor's notes

Avec le soutien du Conseil Scientifique, de l’École Doctorale IV (Civilisations, Cultures, Littératures et Sociétés) et du CRIMIC (EA 2561) de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne.