Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Litere și Arte / Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Letters and Arts
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Anti-colonization and Self-colonization: A Cause-Effect Relationship.The Case of Translations
This study sets out to analyze the concept of self-colonization, theorized by Alexander Kiossev, as a phenomenon caused either by colonial or national constraints. To put it another way, self-colonization becomes a form of anti-colonization and anti-nationalism. The studies on translation published by Andrei Terian, Cosmin Borza and Ștefan Baghiu in The Culture of Translation in Romania represent the starting point for this approach. On the one hand, I focused on the cultural politics promoted by the leaders of the Romanian populist movements. The numerous translations of literary works belonging even to peripheral cultures represent a form of self-colonization. In this case, the self-subordination attitude is caused by the attempt to counterbalance the monopoly of French culture. On the other hand, the same strategy can be observed during the second half of the 20th century, when the translation of texts belonging to Western cultures aimed at avoiding both the Soviet colonization and the national-communist doctrine.
Keywords: anti-colonization, anti-nationalism, self-colonization, Alexander Kiossev, translations.
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