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Imperial Babel: Translation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century

Padma Rangarajan


At the heart of every colonial encounter lies an act of translation. Once dismissed as a derivative process, the new cultural turn in translation studies has opened the field to dynamic considerations of the contexts that shape translations and that, in turn, reveal translation’s truer function as a locus of power. This book explores translation’s complex role in shaping literary and political relationships between India and Britain. Rejecting the idea that colonial translation was fundamentally a tool for oppression, it argues that colonial translation changed both colonizer and colonized and ... More

Keywords: imperialism, translation, oriental tales, orientalism, nineteenth-century literature, exoticism, India, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263615
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Padma Rangarajan, author
University of Colorado, Boulder