Stefan Willer, Andreas Keller (ed./eds.)

Selbstübersetzung als Wissenstransfer
[Self-Translation as Transfer of Knowledge]

LiteraturForschung vol. 39
Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2020, 328 pages
ISBN 978-3-86599-467-7

Self-translations are fascinating expressions of multilingual and foreign-language writing. They operate on the border between pragmatic utility and strategic application of the author, they enable productively thinking further, rearranging and continuing of the source text, and often question which of the resulting versions is the original and which the translation. Previous research on the subject has mostly concentrated on literary, especially poetic self-translation. The present volume, on the other hand, focuses on the very moment of the transfer of knowledge – and, thus, on the complex relationship between linguistic transfer and knowledge transfer. The contributions span scholarly and intellectual self-translators from five centuries: Martin Luther, Jan Baptista van Helmont, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt, Alessandro Manzoni, Heinrich Heine, Leo Spitzer, Walter Benjamin, Kurt Goldstein, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Cornelius Castoriadis, Humberto Maturana and Wolfgang Iser.

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Bücher im Gespräch

Episode 4: Selbstübersetzung

For our podcast, Stefan Willer and Karine Winkelvoss talked about scientific self-translation. (in German)



27 Nov 2014 – 29 Nov 2014

Self-Translation as Transfer of Knowledge

ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Trajekte-Tagungsraum

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