Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)


Translating War has shown that reading narratives of the Second World War translationally reveals aspects of the cultural history of war that national approaches conceal. The translational contact that is part of that history is a space where national representations engage critically with each other. As a complex, dynamic form of cultural negotiation, translation does not simply domesticate or exoticise the foreign and is not guaranteed to provide a harmonious, shared space. The meanings of translation depend on the interests and priorities of the agents involved, and the relationships translation creates range from hostility to hospitality. By reading translationally, avoiding either demonising or idealising translation, we can throw new light on the conflicted history of the representation of France and the Second World War.


Translational Contact Linguistic Hospitality Interlingual Translation Monolingual Paradigm Traumatic Realism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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