By Baudelaire, Charles; Baudelaire, Charles; Salines, Emily
Alchemy and Amalgam explores a comparatively un-researched region 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 approach. instead of a sideline in Baudelaire’s artistic actions, translation is therefore proven to be a critical 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 is basically spinoff but additionally transformative. hence the Baudelairean test illustrates the boundaries of romantic notions of originality, creativity and genius, reminding us that every one writing is intrinsically intertextual. It additionally exhibits the complexity of translation as a kind of production on the center of contemporary writing.
The publication is likely one of the first of its variety to hyperlink the research the translational task of an immense author to his ‘creative’ writings. it's also one of many first to supply an built-in presentation of French 19th-century translation methods and to hyperlink them to questions of copyright and authorship within the context of the increase of capitalism and romantic perspectives of production and genius. It bargains, for that reason, a brand new point of view either on translation background and on literary heritage.
Alchemy and Amalgam can be of curiosity to scholars of translation, comparative literature and French stories
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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.
28 30 Alchemy and Amalgam reille d’un certain Hans Pfaal’, ‘Manuscrit trouvé dans une bouteille’, ‘Une Descente dans le Maelstrom’) each giving accounts of travel adventures; the last seven (‘La Vérité sur le cas de M. Valdemar’, ‘Révélation magnétique’, ‘Les Souvenirs de M. Auguste Bedloe’, ‘Morella’, ‘Ligeia’, ‘Metzengerstein’) dwelling on the supernatural and the fantastic. The Nouvelles Histoires extraordinaires are less united, thematically, than the stories in the Histoires extraordinaires.
74 69 EAP, p. 954. EAP, p. 39. 71 EAP, p. 29. 72 EAP, p. 207. 73 EAP, p. 614. 74 EAP, p. 284. 70 40 Alchemy and Amalgam From this study of the target texts, one can conclude that Baudelaire’s translations are the meeting point between Baudelaire and Poe: the texts read as Baudelairean creations, but contain also in themselves strong elements of the foreign which point out their true nature. A close comparison between a sample translation and its source will help find out how this balance between the Baudelairean and the foreign is achieved in practice.