“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Eleanor Goodman Reviews The Reciprocal Translation Project


As Jacques Derrida had it (translated by Peggy Kamuf): “Translation is writing; that is, it is not translation only in the sense of transcription. It is a productive writing called forth by the original text.” With that in mind – that all writing is in some sense a rewriting of what came before it – perhaps the best approach to The Reciprocal Translation Project is to ignore the deeply problematic framework and focus on some of the “originals” these originals inspired.


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