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‘Bloom, nodding, said he perfectly understood’: James Joyce and the Meanings of Translation

Baron, SA; (2019) ‘Bloom, nodding, said he perfectly understood’: James Joyce and the Meanings of Translation. In: Harding, J and Nash, J, (eds.) Modernism and Non-Translation. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter examines Joyce’s uses of several languages, especially in Stephen Hero, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses, and puts forward a taxonomy of foreign language use in Ulysses. The four types identified are: Latin terms associated with the Catholic mass; Italian musical terms; phrases that are deployed in a political context; and untranslated clichés that signify cultural aspiration or pretension. Drawing on examples across the range of Joyce’s writing, the chapter argues that translation can operate in part as a means to overcome forms of social division, as instanced by Stephen and Bloom, while suggesting that all language is already translated, and that translation can never be fully achieved.

Type: Book chapter
Title: ‘Bloom, nodding, said he perfectly understood’: James Joyce and the Meanings of Translation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198821441.001.0001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198821441.003.0010
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: James Joyce, Stephen Hero, A Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses, Latin, Greek, Italian, translation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072926
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