Translating Slavery

TitleTranslating Slavery
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKadish, Doris Y., and Françoise Massardier-Kenney
Number of Volumes2
Number of Pages320 and 160
PublisherKent State University Press
CityKent, OH

Translating Slavery explores the complex interrelationships that exist between translation, gender, and race by focusing on antislavery writing by or about French women in the French revolutionary period. The two volumes closely examine what happens when translators translate and when writers treat issues of gender and race. The volumes explore the theoretical, linguistic, and literary complexities involved when white writers, especially women, took up their pens to denounce the injustices to which blacks were subjected under slavery.

Volume 1: Gender and Race in French Abolitionist Writing, 1780–1830, highlights key issues in the theory and practice of translation by providing essays on the factors involved in translating gender and race, as well as works in translation. A section on abolitionist narrative, poetry, and theater has been added with a number of new translations, excerpts, and essays, in addition to an interview with the new member of the translating team, Norman R. Shapiro. Second edition, revised and expanded, 2009.

Volume 2: Ourika and Its Progeny, contains the original translation of Claire de Duras’s Ourika as well as a series of original critical essays by twenty-first-century scholars. First published anonymously in 1823, Ourika signifies an important shift from nineteenth-century notions of race, nationality, and kinship toward the identity politics of today. Editors Kadish and Massardier-Kenney and their contributors review the impact of the novel and abolitionist narrative, poetry, and theater in the context of translation studies. Second edition, 2010. [publisher]

Original PublicationTranslating Slavery: Gender and Race in French Women's Writing, 1783-1823. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1994.
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