Kafka Translated: How Translators Have Shaped Our Reading of Kafka.pdf
Michelle Woods is Assistant Professor of English at The State University of New York, New Paltz, USA. Previously she was Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies at Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland. She is the author of Translating Milan Kundera (2006).
Introduction: Untranslatability and Translation 1. Language, Mediation and the Body in Kafka's prose 2. Women Translating Kafka 3. Minoritizing Translations 4. Visualizing Kafka 5. Kafkology: Interpreting Kafka Bibliography Index
Kafka Translated is the first book-length publication to look at the issue of translation and Kafka's work. What effect do these translations have on how we read Kafka? Are our interpretations of Kafka influenced by the translators' interpretations? In what ways has Kafka been 'translated' into Anglo-American culture by popular culture and by academics? Woods focuses on issues central to the burgeoning field of Translation Studies: the notion of cultural untranslatability; the centrality of female translators in literary history; and the under-representation of the influence of the translator as interpreter of literary texts. The book specifically focuses on the role of two of Kafka's first translators, Milena Jesenska and Willa Muir, both women, and how this might allow us to reassess reading Kafka. From here Woods opens up the whole process of translation and re-examines accepted and prevailing interpretations of Kafka's work.