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Flights of Theory: The Lacanian Letter and its Translations

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This article engages with three translations into English of Lacan's essay « La Signification du phallus ». Issues pertaining to the practice of translation as a discipline are contextualised and discussed through parallel readings of Lacan as rendered by Alan Sheridan, Juliet Mitchell and Bruce Fink. Borrowing from Lawrence Venuti's work in the field, I propose that lexical variants afford insight into historical processes which inflect the translator's choice of signifier, positioning the translator as witness and recorder of a linguistic conjuncture which inscribes its norms, standards and values into the fabric of the translated text.
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hal-03970503 , version 1 (02-02-2023)

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Jagna Oltarzewska. Flights of Theory: The Lacanian Letter and its Translations. Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2008, n° 115 (1), pp.89-101. ⟨10.3917/rfea.115.0089⟩. ⟨hal-03970503⟩
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