M. A. Macauliffe and the angst of the translator

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dc.contributor.author Singh, Nikky-Guninder Kaur
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-22T15:01:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-22T15:01:02Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation SINGH, N.-G. K. 2017. M. A. Macauliffe and the angst of the translator. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 4(1), 33-57. en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 33 en
dc.identifier.endpage 57 en
dc.identifier.issn 2009-7409
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3819
dc.description.abstract Had I known earlier the difficulties I should have to encounter, I should certainly never have undertaken a translation of this description', wrote Macauliffe (1898, 365). Even though he had carefully studied the text, familiarized himself with its source language(s), and was fluent in the target language, translating the Guru Granth into English proved to be an arduous task for the Irishman. His angst is indeed intriguing. Heidegger said, 'Tell me what you think of translation, and I will tell you who you are', so the concern voiced by our translator offers clues into his personal sensibilities and intellectual legacy. Using Amrtya Sen's 'exoticist', 'magisterial', and 'curatorial' typology (2005), we discover here a western approach antithetical to orientalism. My paper explores the synergy between Macauliffe's existential response and his non-orientalist translation of the Japji, the opening hymn of the Guru Granth. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ISASR in association with the Study of Religions, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://jisasr.org/
dc.rights (c)2017, The Author(s). en
dc.subject Macauliffe en
dc.subject Sikh en
dc.subject Guru Granth en
dc.subject Japji en
dc.subject Translation en
dc.subject Orientalism en
dc.subject Exoticist en
dc.subject Magisterial en
dc.subject Curatorial en
dc.title M. A. Macauliffe and the angst of the translator en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions en


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