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By Emily Salines

ISBN-10: 904201931X

ISBN-13: 9789042019317

Alchemy and Amalgam explores a comparatively un-researched zone of the Baudelairean corpus (his translations from English) and relates them to the remainder of his works. It seeks to set up a hyperlink among translational and inventive writing, arguing for a reassessment of where of translation in Baudelaire’s writing process. instead of a sideline in Baudelaire’s inventive actions, translation is therefore proven to be a valuable type of twin writing on the middle of his works. Baudelaire’s translations from English, his consistent rewriting of pre-existing fabric (including his own), the doublets, the transpositions d’art, and the artwork feedback are all according to an method of writing that's primarily by-product but additionally transformative. therefore the Baudelairean test illustrates the bounds of romantic notions of originality, creativity and genius, reminding us that each one writing is intrinsically intertextual. It additionally indicates the complexity of translation as a kind of construction on the center of contemporary writing.

The publication is likely one of the first of its style to hyperlink the examine the translational job of an important author to his ‘creative’ writings. it's also one of many first to supply an built-in presentation of French 19th-century translation ways and to hyperlink them to questions of copyright and authorship within the context of the increase of capitalism and romantic perspectives of construction and genius. It deals, for that reason, a brand new point of view either on translation historical past and on literary historical past.

Alchemy and Amalgam should be of curiosity to scholars of translation, comparative literature and French reports.

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302. 105 Ouvrages, ŒCII, p. 261. 104 52 Alchemy and Amalgam in ouvrages ‘un manuscrit qui se distinguait par la beauté, la propreté et la netteté’, an elaboration which is reversed in œuvres (‘une écriture singulièrement belle’), almost as if Baudelaire were back-translating his own text and returning to the phrasing of the source. Despite this example of comparative closeness to the source in œuvres, the 1856 essay is far more concise than ouvrages: Rentré dans la vie littéraire, le seul élément où puissent respirer certains êtres déclassés, Poe se mourait dans une misère extrême, quand un heureux hasard le releva.

48 EAP, pp. 1109-10. 44 L’amour du métier? 35 in La liberté de penser in 1848, Baudelaire’s voice is even stronger, as extracts from a note to the text will show: Le morceau d’Edgar Poe qu’on va lire est un raisonnement exceptionnellement ténu parfois, d’autres fois obscur, et de temps en temps singulièrement audacieux. Il faut en prendre son parti, et digérer la chose telle qu’elle est. Il faut surtout bien s’attacher à suivre le texte littéral. Certaines choses seraient devenues bien autrement obscures si j’avais voulu paraphraser mon auteur, au lieu de me tenir servilement attaché à la lettre.

82 In this passage, which has already been quoted for the way in which Baudelaire’s version conveys a typically Poesque atmosphere, 80 This difference between Baudelaire’s style and Poe’s led Henri Justin to note in a recent colloquium on Baudelaire and translation held at the École Normale Supérieure Fontenay, Paris (4 April 1998) that Baudelaire’s prose is seductive and flows easily, and creates a distinctive narrative voice which the reader ‘can hear’, while Poe’s prose is deliberately obstructive, blocking the reader’s empathy whereas Baudelaire’s promotes it.

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