Bilingual translation/writing as intercultural communication

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This article explores the particular Canadian/Québec practice of bilingual "translating as writing" within the varied tradition of expatriate writing, and contemporary post-modern and post-colonial practices of the plurilingual text. The analysis focuses on two examples: Nancy Huston's <i>Plainsong</i>, published in French as <i>Cantique des Plaines</i>, and my own <i>The Marriageable Daughter</i>, published in French as <i>La Fille à marier</i>. Among the issues addressed are the context and motivation for this particular process of bilingual writing; the creative dimensions of inter-cultural writing; differences between the original and the translation in terms of transgression of literary conventions. As experiences of writing/ translating between two colonial cultures, both texts work towards decolonizing literary practice. More specifically, within their own Canadian/Québec intercultural context, they open up an unusual shared space for cultural exchange.


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