An Ethics of Cultural Translation: Homi K. Bhabha, Third Space, and Fictional Representations of Mexico City

Alice Rose Whitmore

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This session will examine the politics of cultural translation in relation
to the dirty realist fiction of Mexican author Guillermo Fadanelli. Fadanelli’s writing
is inseparable from the urban space of Mexico City, a setting brimming with tension,
cultural mutation, heteroglossia and multiplicity. Drawing upon the theories of Homi
K. Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak, the speaker will propose a distinct translation ethics
that situates translation within an uneasy space across and between cultures, where
anxiety gives way to production. Like Fadanelli’s fictional Mexico City, the hybrid
site of translation not only represents otherness but itself engenders difference,
innovation and newness.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2014
EventAmerican Translators Association 55th Annual Conference - Chicago, IL, United States of America
Duration: 5 Nov 20148 Nov 2014


ConferenceAmerican Translators Association 55th Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityChicago, IL

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