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Narcissism lost: on translating and being translated.

Authors
  • Carneiro, Maria Inês N E
  • Brakel, Arthur
Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal of psycho-analysis
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2010
Volume
91
Issue
4
Pages
773–784
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2009.00201.x
PMID: 20840638
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors present a detailed account of the experiences shared in translating and having one's work translated. Carneiro maintains that, in order to communicate with their readers, writers should relinquish the narcissistic satisfaction they derive from their texts in the original. Beyond this, she feels that, owing to a good understanding between her and her translator, the creativity in her original text persists in the translation. Brakel introduces himself to the IJPA readership and shows how he works when translating the cultural and linguistic nuances and peculiarities of Brazilian Portuguese. He concludes with some thoughts about the affect he experiences from his original work and the work he has translated.

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