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The Invisible Interpreter


Bronkhorst, J (2011). The Invisible Interpreter. Asiatische Studien / Etudes Asiatiques, 65(1):35-43.

Abstract

This article argues that the interpreter of foreign Cultures should avoid falling into the trap of “domesticating” those Cultures more than is strictly necessary. Understanding a foreign Culture is situating its beliefs, customs etc. in their context, not in the context of the modern Western world. To think, for example, that classical India was populated by linguists, philosophers, and others like us is mistaken and misinterprets Indian Culture. The paper concludes with a general reflection on the relationship between individual culture and the Culture shared by many people, for example in a geographical region.

Abstract

This article argues that the interpreter of foreign Cultures should avoid falling into the trap of “domesticating” those Cultures more than is strictly necessary. Understanding a foreign Culture is situating its beliefs, customs etc. in their context, not in the context of the modern Western world. To think, for example, that classical India was populated by linguists, philosophers, and others like us is mistaken and misinterprets Indian Culture. The paper concludes with a general reflection on the relationship between individual culture and the Culture shared by many people, for example in a geographical region.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques
Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 65 (2011) > 1
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:21 Jun 2011 16:41
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 15:24
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717

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