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Imperial BabelTranslation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Padma Rangarajan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263615

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263615.001.0001

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Translation’s Trace

Translation’s Trace

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(p.1) Chapter One Translation’s Trace
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Imperial Babel
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Padma Rangarajan

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263615.003.0001

This introductory chapter situates colonial translation within the historical, linguistic, and literary parameters of the late eighteenth-century. It argues for a new reading of the influence of translation and comparative linguistics in Romantic-era Britain and it asserts the dynamic role that imperial expansion played in the development of theories of language. Further, it considers postcolonial critiques of colonial translation and offers a reading of the intellectual culture of late eighteenth-century colonial India.

Keywords:   Translation studies, postcolonial studies, radical difference, Johann Herder, comparative linguistics, Horne Tooke

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