Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 September 2014

272 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823263615

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Imperial Babel

Translation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century

Padma Rangarajan

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • Shows how translation helped shape the administrative and imaginative course of British empire and how the (translated) intellectual fruits of conquest helped direct European theories of language and culture.
  • Begins in the late eighteenth century, when new linguistic theories established the role of place and time in the evolution of languages, recasting translation as a vital but possibly treacherous mode of cultural transformation
  • Tracks how shifting colonial policies and an increasing resistance toward certain modes of colonial translation reflected a growing unease with translation's cultural implications.