Interpretation and translation in Guy Delisle’s Shenzhen

Evans, J. (2012) Interpretation and translation in Guy Delisle’s Shenzhen. Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship,

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As a piece of travel writing describing Guy Delisle’s trip to China as an animator, Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China (2006) is readable in relation to translation as a practice and as a metaphor. The text can be read as a form of cultural translation (Asad 1986), representing elements of Chinese culture to a Western audience. In this article, I am interested in how the text shows interpreting – or the translation of spoken utterances – taking place in the narrative. I focus on scenes where the process is made visible by being called into question. Throughout the text, there are moments when the narrator (called Delisle in the story [Delisle, 2006, 28]) has Chinese speech or text translated for him. As he remarks, although he knows his co-workers, ‘without a translator [sic], we cannot communicate’ (67, 2).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Evans, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Evans, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Journal Name:Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
Publisher:Open Library of Humanities
ISSN (Online):2048-0792
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