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Translation and the ClassicIdentity as Change in the History of Culture$
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Alexandra Lianeri and Vanda Zajko

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.001.0001

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Dryden's Ovid: Aesthetic Translation and the Idea of the Classic

Dryden's Ovid: Aesthetic Translation and the Idea of the Classic

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(p.83) 4 Dryden's Ovid: Aesthetic Translation and the Idea of the Classic
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Translation and the Classic
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Charles Martindale (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.003.0005

This chapter proposes an aesthetic model, derived from Kant's Critique of Judgement, for how translation might operate in relation to a classic text (as an alternative to the standard political/institutional model); it takes as its focus Dryden's translations of Ovid. It first sets out what an aesthetic theory of translation might involve, arguing that it can disrupt the hierarchical assumptions of other theories. Particular use is made of writings from within English Aestheticism by D. G. Rossetti and Walter Pater as well as of Dryden's own theories of translation. Then, by a detailed examination of Dryden's version of Ovid's Io, the chapter gives an example of what a ‘beautiful’ translation might look like and how its beauty might be described.

Keywords:   aesthetic, Aestheticism, beauty, Kant, Pater, Rossetti

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