What Benjamin and Borges can teach us about translation

I recently gave a talk on what Benjamin and Borges can teach us about translation…

Why do we translate? What exactly do we mean by the word ‘translation’? What is the goal of translation? Both Borges and Benjamin produced their own assessment of the needs, desires and aims of translation, in ‘The Task of the Translator’ and ‘The Translators of the 1001 Nights’. A study of these works provides a basis from which to develop an assessment of our own.

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