December 22, 2005

de Beauvoir's Masterpiece, Mangled

[edit: de Beauvoir's full name is Simonde Lucie-Ernestine-Marie-Bertrand de Beauvoir, and she was born on 9 January 1908 and died on 14 April 1986. Who on this blog wasn't about one year old then? (Other than me, I mean. Assholes.)]

Fun facts:

  • The only English version of The Second Sex is a hack translation.
  • The copyright owner, Knopf, won't pay to have a new one done - nor will they let anyone else do it, either.

Solution: sign the petition asking Knopf to commission a non-fuxx0r3d translation. Here's an excerpt of the petition:

Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex is an important and influential text in the realm of feminism/philosophy. Unfortunately, the only English translation currently available is flawed to such an extent that much of Beauvoir's original meaning has been lost or obscured. Large portions of the text have been cut, while key philosophical terms have been mistranslated. The inadequacy of the current translation may well be contributing to the belief, prevalent in certain circles, that the text need not be taken seriously by phenomenologists and other academics.

Random House/Knopf has repeatedly refused to publish or authorize a scholarly journal to publish a new, more accurate translation, despite ongoing pressure from members of the academic community.

Thanks, Waiting for Dorothy!

4 comments:

the spinster said...

This is cheating, since I'm not actually posting about Simone de Beauvoir. But have people been following this story about "don't ask, don't tell" protests and kiss-ins as credible terrorist threats? Kiss-ins are good clean fun, Dick Cheney! Too bad no one wants to kiss your ugly mug!

wannatakethisoutside said...

Hey Marcel, do you want to beadded to the quench blog? Because we could so add you!

the spinster said...

That would be way exciting! But I don't want to intrude. But it would be exciting to have my own cartoon character. So, really, whatever you think is best. :)

spork said...

Actually, I was about -2.5 months old. Sorry em0.