Translation in Ben Jonson : towards a definition of limitation
Ben Jonson Journal
Edinburgh University Press Ltd.
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.
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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