Translation and Taboo

Douglas Robinson, Translation and Taboo

A study of the survival of ancient taboos on sacred texts in the practice and theory of translation in the West. Special focus on Apuleius' Golden Ass and the Isiac mysteries; Herodotus, Socrates, Plato, and the birth of reason; the Christian mysteries; Augustine and Jerome and the rise of asceticism; R. D. Laing and the schizoid personality; translation and empire; Tejaswini Niranjana and the "retranslation" of a Kannada vacana; Friedrich Schleiermacher and "going doubled like a ghost"; Walter Benjamin's "Task of the Translator."

Cloth US $35.00, paper US $18.50
ISBN 0-87580-209-5 (cloth), 0-87580-571-X (paper)

DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1996.


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