Alchemy and amalgam : translation in the works of Charles by Baudelaire, Charles; Baudelaire, Charles; Salines, Emily

By Baudelaire, Charles; Baudelaire, Charles; Salines, Emily

Alchemy and Amalgam explores a comparatively un-researched region of the Baudelairean corpus (his translations from English) and relates them to the remainder of his works. It seeks to set up a hyperlink among translational and inventive writing, arguing for a reassessment of where of translation in Baudelaire’s writing procedure. instead of a sideline in Baudelaire’s artistic actions, translation is therefore proven to be a significant type of twin writing on the center of his works. Baudelaire’s translations from English, his consistent rewriting of pre-existing fabric (including his own), the doublets, the transpositions d’art, and the paintings feedback are all in keeping with an method of writing that's primarily spinoff but in addition transformative. therefore the Baudelairean scan illustrates the boundaries of romantic notions of originality, creativity and genius, reminding us that each one writing is intrinsically intertextual. It additionally indicates the complexity of translation as a kind of production on the center of contemporary writing.

The ebook is among the first of its type to hyperlink the research the translational task of an immense author to his ‘creative’ writings. it's also one of many first to supply an built-in presentation of French 19th-century translation ways and to hyperlink them to questions of copyright and authorship within the context of the increase of capitalism and romantic perspectives of production and genius. It deals, consequently, a brand new standpoint either on translation historical past and on literary heritage.

Alchemy and Amalgam should be of curiosity to scholars of translation, comparative literature and French reports

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Muller and William J. Richardson (eds), The Purloined Poe, Lacan, Derrida, and Psychoanalytic Reading (Baltimore and London: The John Hopkins University Press, 1988). 35 To a lesser extent, ‘Maelzel’ presents the interpretation of a phenomenon by the narrator; ‘L’Ange du bizarre’, by its presentation of a stereotypical German accent in the dialogues, leads both the narrator and reader to decode what is being said by the ‘angel’; ‘Le Système du Docteur Goudron et du Professeur Plume’ hinges around the theme of interpretation and duality of reality (the doctor and his friends are both sane and insane, depending on how one looks at them).

29. 72 EAP, p. 207. 73 EAP, p. 614. 74 EAP, p. 284. 70 40 Alchemy and Amalgam From this study of the target texts, one can conclude that Baudelaire’s translations are the meeting point between Baudelaire and Poe: the texts read as Baudelairean creations, but contain also in themselves strong elements of the foreign which point out their true nature. A close comparison between a sample translation and its source will help find out how this balance between the Baudelairean and the foreign is achieved in practice.

380. 64 In ‘La Chute de la maison Usher’, the oxymoron in ‘une nuit d’orage affreusement belle’ conjures up a Baudelairean aesthetics of opposition, while the phrase ‘antique bouquin’, by its mix of registers belongs fully to Baudelaire’s style rather than Poe’s. The descriptions in texts such as ‘Le Cottage Landor’ are true prose poems presenting aesthetics which are close to Baudelaire’s own concerns. Such examples, which emphasize the close link between Baudelairean and Poesque thematics and vision have fuelled the theories of affinity already mentioned, and it is not the purpose of this chapter to review them exhaustively.

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