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18:00 - 19:30 27 November 2014

Derrida and Translation: literature, philosophy, politics


Lecture Theatre G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
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Dr Danielle Sands, Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London, She is currently completing her first book Writing Religion and Politics after Derrida.

In ‘This Strange Institution Called Literature’, Jacques Derrida speaks of his search for a place from which to think or even challenge the ‘frontier’ between philosophy and literature. One way to approach this ‘frontier’ is through the question of translation. For Derrida, a text becomes literary when it exceeds the possibility of translation, when its singularity renders it untranslatable. In this, the literary mode diverges from the philosophical, which espouses a discourse of transparency and translatability and aspires to a truth that is not transformed by its mode of telling. In the first part of this talk, Dr Sands addresses this ‘frontier’: is it stable or unstable? Do philosophy and literature offer us different models for the practice of translation? Secondly, Dr Sands will turn to the politics of translation, both tracing recent interest in the idea of untranslatability back to Derrida, and addressing its political and philosophical implications.


Dr Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0)20 3108 1317 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk


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