From truth to honesty: migration, writing and self-translation

Conferência de Loredana Polezzi, subordinada ao tema ‘From truth to honesty: migration, writing and self-translation‘, que terá lugar na terça-feira, dia 20, às 18h30, na sala de Exposições (edifício da biblioteca, 2.º piso) da Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

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From truth to honesty: migration, writing and self-translation

Traditional models of translation are deeply associated with the language of faithfulness and betrayal, while travel accounts, like all factual writing, are often judged on their authenticity. Yet migrant authors often opt for forms which eschew factuality and, while built on experiences of mobility and self-translation, rejects superficial notions of accuracy and truth. Focusing on examples taken from the Italian context, the paper will examine the way in which the writing of migration, in its variable shapes, performs a minoritizing gesture which moves the contract between author and reader away from truth (as a moral criterion) and realism (as an aesthetic form). Instead, I will argue, the migrant as minority writer is anchored to an ethics of honesty which finds its references in gestures such as the gift and speech acts such as the promise.

Bio:

Loredana Polezzi is Professor of Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University. She was previously Reader in Italian Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick and Academic Director of the Warwick Venice Centre. Her main research interests are in translation studies, comparative literature, and the history of travel writing, and she has published widely in these fields. Her recent work focuses on how geographical and social mobilities are connected to the theories and practices of translation and self-translation. With Rita Wils

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on, she is co-editor of leading international journal The Translator. She is a co-investigator in the research project ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages’, funded by the AHRC’s Translating Cultures scheme, as well as a founding member of the ‘Cultural Literacy in Europe’ network

​Fonte: Professora Alexandra Lopes​

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