Retranslating Rousset: English-language mediations of L’Univers concentrationnaire

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This article approaches the translation of concentration camp testimony through the optic of secondary witnessing in order to consider how translation, as an act of listening, might impact the preservation and transmission of the survivors’ account. A case study on the initial translation and retranslation of David Rousset’s L’Univers concentrationnaire in English will serve as the basis for exploring how the translators have attended to the survivor’s representation of the camps. It will also scrutinize paratextual material and translation reviews as a means of retracing some of the socio-cultural conditions of production of the two target texts, paying particular attention to how Rousset has been understood and received.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-68
Number of pages13
JournalTestimony Between History and Memory
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016


  • ethics
  • paratext
  • pragmatics
  • retranslation
  • Rousset
  • secondary witnessing
  • translation


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