By Sabine Fenton
The essays during this booklet discover the very important position translation has performed in defining, altering and redefining linguistic, cultural, ethnic and political identities in numerous countries of the South Pacific.
While in different elements of the area postcolonial students have scrutinized the position and historical past of translation and uncovered its shut dating with the colonizers, this has no longer but occurred within the particular zone lined during this assortment. In translation reviews the Pacific area is terra incognita.
The writers of this quantity of essays display that during the Pacific, as in all different as soon as colonized components of the realm, colonialism and translation went hand in hand. The unsettling energy of translation is defined because it effected swap for greater or for worse. whereas the Pacific Islanders' stumble upon with the Europeans has formerly been defined as having a 'Fatal Impact', the authors of those essays are extra capable of exhibit that the Pacific Islanders weren't merely sufferers but in addition performed an lively position within the cross-cultural occasions they have been get together to and in shaping their very own destinies.
Examples of the position of translation in effecting swap - for greater or for worse - abound within the background of the countries of the Pacific. those tales are instructed right here so that it will deliver this sector into the mainstream scholarly awareness of postcolonial and translation studies.
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