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By SHERRY SIMON

This quantity explores the theoretical foundations of postcolonial translation in settings as different as Malaysia, eire, India and South the US. altering the phrases examines stimulating hyperlinks which are at present being cast among linguistics, literature and cultural thought. In doing so, the authors probe complicated sequences of intercultural touch, fusion and breach. The effect that heritage and politics have had at the position of translation within the evolution of literary and cultural relatives is investigated in interesting aspect.

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Among these, the idea of native (or nativist) resistance will engage the greater part of my attention, especially as many texts, when examined from a postcolonial perspective, reveal the degree to which the "colonized" can react, and are not simply acted upon. The discussion below will centre around the different forms of resistance over a wide historical span, beginning with the 1920s and ending in the present. Then a reversal is shown to have occurred in the nineties, the counter-argument being that the language itself, carrying a unique "cultural cargo," simply cannot be contaminated.

But the danger, on the contrary, is that such a conception of origin leads to a cult of purity, a purity that is always, of course, imperilled by others, who must be eliminated in order to restore the fantasmatic original state. HISTORY, TRANSLATION, POSTCOLONIALISM 37 Double Agents One of the longest, if least dramatic, scenes in Neil Jordan's recent film Michael Collins, about a leading figure in the Irish War of Independence, is set in a room containing box upon box of dusty files. Through the services of a detective sympathetic to the nationalist cause, Collins gains access to all the files on nationalist activists, in Dublin Castle.

The political circumstances of translation affect the strategy adopted, as is clear from the obstructionist strategy adopted in Jacobite macaronic verse in eighteenth-century Ireland. The Translator-Nomad In Franz Kafka's short story "Ein altes Blatt" (An old manuscript), Chinese functionaries await destruction at the hands of nomadic tribes who have breached their defences. One of the functionaries claims despairingly, "Sprechen kann man mit den Nomaden nicht. Unsere Sprache kennen sie nicht, ja sie haben kaum eine eigene" (It is impossible to speak to the nomads.

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