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Daughter's Tongue: The Intimate Distance of Translation

Morra, Giovanna (2007) Daughter's Tongue: The Intimate Distance of Translation. Journal of Visual Culture, 6 (1). pp. 93-110. ISSN 1470-4129 [Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Translation theory
Creative Arts and Design > Film & Video]
Creators:Morra, Giovanna

In this article, I begin by considering ‘accented’ (Hamid Naficy) and autoethnographic film, video and installation practices, ie., work made by persons living in exile. I examine what is at stake in the intimate act of a daughter (the artist) visually and aurally translating her mother’s tongue (the linguistic formation of the daughter’s childhood and the language still spoken by her mother). I am specifically concerned with representations of psychical, geographic and linguistic displacements within these artistic practices as a means of understanding subject formation, gendered agency, and the politics and poetics of race and ethnicity.

During the past 10 years critical theories of translation have been used to discuss cultural practices within an international context. This issue of 'Journal of Visual Culture', co-edited with Mieke Bal, is the first to consider translation within the realm of the visual arts.

Working out of an interdisciplinary context, the contributions in this volume reconsider our understanding of medium, subjectivity, and nations as translative phenomenological, psychoanalytic, philosophical and postcolonial matters.

Official Website:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470412907075071
Type of Research:Article
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:accented cinema ● Chantal Akerman ● autoethnography ● Mona Hatoum ● intimacy ● minor literature ● palimpsest ● translation
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Date:01 April 2007
Funders:Central Saint Martins Staff Development
Digital Object Identifier:10.1177/1470412907075071
Related Websites:http://www.journalofvisualculture.org
ID Code:896
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 12:41
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