Figures of Interpretation

Edited by: B.A.S.S. Meier-Lorente-Muth-Duchêne

Format:
Paperback
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Hardback, Ebook(PDF), Ebook(EPUB)
ISBN:
9781788929387
Published:
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Number of pages:
168
Dimensions:
198mm x 129mm
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Forthcoming
Price: £9.95
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Price: €10.95

This ground-breaking book assembles 31 portraits of people who interpret languages, cultures, situations, institutions and people, and offers graphic interpretations of their collective experience. Their individual stories are part of the larger history of interpreters, interpretation and interpretive readings, and they demonstrate how language intersects with race, class, gender and geopolitical inequalities. The book allows the unexpected to unfold, passing control from the writers to the reader, who will see connections and ruptures unfold between space, time and class while never losing sight of the materiality of living. Together and individually, the portraits tell a powerful story about the structure of contemporary society and the hierarchical distributions of power that permeate our lives.

This book can be read as a collection of historical and contemporary portraits of interpreting subjects. It invites us to understand systems of power and oppression through interpreters' narratives, practices and experiences of inequality. The book offers not only a political account of language, but also a distinctive mode of writing the social and practicing critique.

Alfonso Del Percio, University College London, UK

This original book takes us on a journey through time by depicting the lives of colourful characters and revealing their shared humanity as interpreters. The authors deftly portray the lives of Arokiam, Evans, Drako, Fatima, Bernardino and Antoine and propel the reader into a captivating, often cruel world strewn with injustices.

Justine Ndongo-Keller, Interpreter/Trainer, Former Chief of the Language Services Section of the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

After Figures of Interpretation, a spilled cup of coffee will never be the same again: it is an everyday reminder that interpretation is always an act of balancing or struggling between unequal powers. The book's great variety of portraits discern the thin line between reinforcing and counteracting the political forces pouring into this violent mess called capitalism.

Almut Rembges, Founder of the performance label Practical Theory & Company

B.A.S.S. Meier-Lorente-Muth-Duchêne works in academia.

Random Table of Contents

(names of the figures of interpretation in alphabetical order)

B.A.S.S. Meier-Lorente-Muth-Duchêne: NAVIGATING FIGURES OF INTERPRETATION

Aïcha and Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà: AÏCHA       

Kathleen Painter: AIJAN AND KATHLEEN

Mi-Cha Flubacher: AN CHA

Alexandre Duchêne: ANTOINE   

Arnaldo Bernabe Jr.: ARNALDO 

Shanthini Pillai: AROKIAM AND THE UNNAMED CATECHIST

Bernardino Tavares: BERNARDINO         

Natalie Tarr: BINTOU AND ALAIN            

Aneta Pavlenko: CONRAD           

Maya Muratov: DANIEL

Stefanie Meier: DARKO 

Carla M. Pacis: ENRIQUE             

Carmen Delgado Luchner: EVANS*

Inmaculada Garcia-Sanchez: FATIMA

Stefan Vollmer: GOOGLE TRANSLATE     

Dina Bolocan: ILONA

Carlos Pestana: JULDÉ   

Sabine Lehner: MANU   

Monica Heller: MME T., JANET, GINNY, LYNN, MASHA, ANNA, PAULETTE & MONICA            

Sebastian Muth: NARENDRA      

Nima Jebelli and Sibo Kanobana: NIMA  1

Priscilla Angela T. Cruz: NON      

Mi-Cha Flubacher: PETER            

Kamilla Kraft: PIA           

Rachel Mairs: QUINTUS

Ebenezer Tedjouong: ROLAND  

Beatriz Lorente: SAEED 

Verena Krausneker and Sandra Schügerl: SANDRA           

Tulay Caglitutuncigil: TULAY       

Biao Xiang: YANG           

Jorge Alvis: YENNY

 

 

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