File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_2004/foucault.0410, message 21

Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 16:36:01 +0100
Subject: Re: micro-translations

since i cannot read french, then from my perspective any translation of  
foucault, even an average or esoteric one, is infinitely better than my  
own translation would be.
obviously, and equally from my own perspective, a good translations is  
better than a bad one; but then again any translation is better than none.
i mean what's the alternative? for people who cannot read french to not  
read foucault?
i don't really think anybody is suggesting that. so what's the solution?

and anyway, isn't all traduction trahison?

Faut-il défendre la Foucault?


On Fri, 8 Oct 2004 22:12:59 +1000, Clare O'Farrell  
<> wrote:

> Mark
>> Kind of wish I hadn't said anything - I just have a bee in my bonet  
>> about translators making French thinkers sound esoteric when their  
>> French is quite plain.
> I absolutely agree - my own personal bugbear is the translation of the  
> quite ordinary interdit or interdiction as 'interdiction', a rare legal  
> word in English - when it is a common word in French meaning prohibition.

Kevin Turner
Deptment of Sociology
County South
Lancaster University

(01524) 594508


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