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On Pluralism and Relevance in World Literary Transfers: Some Reflections on the Mapping of Contemporary Swahili Literary Extranslations into Italian, English, and German.

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Talento, Serena:
On Pluralism and Relevance in World Literary Transfers: Some Reflections on the Mapping of Contemporary Swahili Literary Extranslations into Italian, English, and German.
In: Comparative Literature Studies. Vol. 59 (2022) Issue 4 . - pp. 727-748.
ISSN 1528-4212
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5325/complitstudies.59.4.0727

Abstract in another language

While there is increasing interest in translation into Swahili, literary translation from this language into other ones has not yet received sufficient scholarly attention. This article outlines a current research project that aims at mapping contemporary literary translations (from the 1970s onward) from Swahili into Italian, German, and English, exploring the role of the network of agents of translation in the exportation of Swahili literature—a literary exchange subject to the logic of (not solely) cultural power—and the influence of market constraints on different kinds of translation practices. What can we learn about the logic of cultural exportation in the global literary space by studying these Swahili extranslation fluxes? Answering this demonstrates how international discussions on transnational literary exchanges also require us to evaluate their asymmetric conceptualizations and terminology.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: Special issue: Towards a Decentered Global Literary History: The Role of Translation and Cultural Relations in “Small,” “Minor,” “Minoritized,” “Less-Translated,” “Peripheral Literatures”
Keywords: translation; Swahili; decentering translation; centre and periphery; circulation of literature; literary networks
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professor Literatures in African Languages
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 11:47
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 11:47
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/88907