Title

Translation in Ben Jonson : towards a definition of limitation

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Ben Jonson Journal

Publication Date

11-1-2013

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

223

Last Page

240

Abstract

This paper intends to discuss Ben Jonson's imitation and its relationship to translation and metamorphosis. Drawing on Walter Benjamin's translation theory, I argue that Jonson's imitation is "translating" and transformative. Jonson's literal approach to translation, compared with the Restoration idea of imitation, is by no means servile; it is imitation and metamorphosis, and "translating" is an act that fuses the author and the translator together, in order to achieve a transformative identity.

DOI

10.3366/bjj.2013.0082

Print ISSN

10793453

E-ISSN

1755165X

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Hui, T., Isaac. (2013). Translation in Ben Jonson: Towards a definition of limitation. Ben Jonson Journal, 20(2), 223-240. doi: 10.3366/bjj.2013.0082