Conclusion: Transila and La Malinche: Women in Translation
This chapter reflects on ‘women in translation’, both linguistic and libidinal. It sketches some correspondences between the fictional Transila, the ‘kidnapped translator’ in the Persiles, and the ‘real world’ Doña Marina, also known as La Malinche or La Lengua. Transila differs sharply from the memorable company of translators featured in Don Quixote in that she braids together the sexual and colonial subject. Cervantes's kidnapped translator also moves one to enquire why his novels are themselves presented as translations. As the main mechanism of transcultural European communication during the humanist recovery of antiquity, translations contributed significantly to the rise of the Cervantine novel.
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