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Pandora's Tongues

Littau, Karin (2000) 'Pandora's Tongues.' TTR: Traduction, Terminologie, Rédaction: Etudes sur le Texte et Ses Transformations, 13 (1). pp. 21-35. ISSN 0835-8443

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Pandora's Tongues — This paper looks at translation not from the perspective of Babel, the "male god" as Jacques Derrida and George Steiner do, but from the perspective of Pandora, the first woman of the Greek creation myth, in order to offer a feminized version of the primal scattering of languages. The aim is to pose through the figure of Pandora questions about language and woman, and by extension, the mother tongue and female sexuality. Whilst the myth of the tower of Babel makes visible the filiations of translation and the word of the Father, the myth of Pandora allows us to uncover the matrix between translation and the mother tongue, presents us, in other words, with new possibilities for translation and gender.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: literary theory and criticism; feminist literary theory and criticism; translation; female sexuality; Pandora; Tower of Babel; Derrida, Jacques
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 15:32
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:38

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