1st Edition

Cosmopolitanism and Translation Investigations into the Experience of the Foreign

By Esperanca Bielsa Copyright 2016
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social theories of the new cosmopolitanism have called attention to the central importance of translation, in areas such as global democracy, human rights and social movements, but translation studies has not engaged systematically with theories of cosmopolitanism.

    In Cosmopolitanism and Translation, Esperança Bielsa does just that by focussing on the lived experience of the cosmopolitan stranger, whether a traveller, migrant, refugee or homecomer. With reference to world literature, social theory and foreign news, she argues that this key figure of modernity has a central relevance in the cosmopolitanism debate.

    In nine chapters organised into four thematic sections, this book examines:

    • theories and insights on "new cosmopolitanism"
    • methodological cosmopolitanism
    • translation as the experience of the foreign
    • the notion of cosmopolitanism as openness to others
    • living in translation and the question of the stranger.

    With detailed case studies centred on Bolaño, Adorno and Terzani and their work, Cosmopolitanism and Translation places translation at the heart of cosmopolitan theory and makes an essential contribution for students and researchers of both translation studies and social theory.



    Chapter 1. Introduction: Cosmopolitanism and Translation

    Part 1. The Stranger

    Chapter 2. Towards a Sociology of Strangerhood

    Chapter 3. Redefining the Stranger in a Cosmopolitan Context

    Part 2. World Literature

    Chapter 4. Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism, World Literature and Translation

    Chapter 5. Roberto Bolaño’s Reception in Spanish and English

    Part 3. Social Theory

    Chapter 6. Translating Sociology

    Chapter 7. Theodor W. Adorno’s Homecoming

    Part 4. Foreign News

    Chapter 8. A Cosmopolitan Perspective on News Translation

    Chapter 9. Tiziano Terzani’s Asia


    Esperanca Bielsa