Translation and the Human Condition
- Susan Bassnett
- Tuesday 24 May 2016
- Academy Building
2311 GJ Leiden
- Small Auditory
In our 21st-century globalized world, translation is more important than ever. Translation is not merely the simple transfer of words from language to language; it requires intense engagement with other cultures, and a great deal of creativity. Not only is it central to our ability to communicate with other peoples, it also radically raises the diversity of the texts to which we have access, and it is key to the survival and the interaction of cultural traditions.
Yet translators have rarely received the recognition they deserve, and often been branded as 'slaves' or indeed 'betrayers' of the original author. This lecture will discuss the ways in which translation is fundamental to our understanding of other cultures – and show that as such, it is arguably part of the human condition.