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“Speaking with the Elgin marbles in his mouth?”: Modernism and translation in Welsh writing in English / Daniel, Williams

Translation Studies, Volume: 9, Issue: 2, Pages: 183 - 197

Swansea University Author: Daniel, Williams

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This article explores the role of translation from Welsh to English in the Anglophone modernism of Wales. It discusses Caradoc Evans's alleged exposure of the warped working of the Welsh mind, David Jones’s revisionist history of Britain, and Margiad Evans's sympathetic depiction of Welsh...

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Published in: Translation Studies
ISSN: 1478-1700 1751-2921
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25483
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Abstract: This article explores the role of translation from Welsh to English in the Anglophone modernism of Wales. It discusses Caradoc Evans's alleged exposure of the warped working of the Welsh mind, David Jones’s revisionist history of Britain, and Margiad Evans's sympathetic depiction of Welsh speaking communities. The Welsh language presence makes Anglophone Welsh modernism distinctive, but whether prejudicial or sympathetic the depiction of Welsh language communities in English language texts is always problematic. The article ends by arguing against the tendency, manifest in Welsh Anglophone modernism as in contemporary literary criticism, to equate language difference with racial difference.
Keywords: Wales , Modernism , Translation , Anthropology , Caradoc Evans , Margiad Evans
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 183
End Page: 197