How Algeria’s multilingual condition and colonial history is obscured

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This chapter focuses on filtering and adaptation in translation into Dutch by taking a closer look at publishers’ paratexts surrounding three translated postcolonial Francophone authors from Algeria. A postcolonial framework will be used to ask whether the “otherness” is blurred in the paratexts and whether the translation of postcolonial literature is “brought home” in a monolingual, monocultural context. In using the concept “paratextual framing” (Watts 2004) an attempt will be made to answer the following question: in what way does this kind of framing shape a new image of the translated author. Translations of Assia Djebar, Malika Mokeddem and Tahar Djaout will be discussed.


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