Title

Representation, history and the case of translation

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Arts and Ideas

Publication Date

6-1-1989

Issue

17/18

First Page

109

Last Page

116

Publisher

Tulika Print Communication Services

Abstract

In our post-colonial context, translation becomes a site where questions of representation and history converge as we attempt to account for the practices of subjectification implicit in the colonial enterprise. By subjectification I mean the construction of a 'subject' through technologies or practices of power/knowledge, which are supported by a teleological concept of history that employs an idiom of progress and development. These technologies, I suggest, necessarily involve some notion of translation, a notion underpinned by the classical western concepts of representation, reality and knowledge. In what follows, I shall attempt to pose some of the theoretical questions we need to address in order to critique the complicity between the classical notion of representation and the durable nature of colonialist discourses. I contend that exploring the question of 'translation' can be one of the ways in which we can interrogate the concept of representation.

Print ISSN

09705309

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Niranjana, T. (1989). Representation, history and the case of translation. Journal of Arts and Ideas, (17/18), 109-116.