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By Helen Razer, Bernard Keane

How did every little thing get so dumb? How did we develop into hostages to idiocy? What needs to we do to be free of a captor whose ransom notice easily reads, 'D'oh'?

The deteriorating caliber of our public debate and the dwindling of logic in media, politics and tradition can force you to melancholy and rage. It definitely drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a determined act: befriending one another for lengthy adequate to jot down a publication. sign up for forces with those uneasy allies to struggle opposed to an international that has misplaced its cause. discover what's in the back of the remorseless unfold of idiocy, and why there's in order that a lot rattling silly round you.

Stupid isn't simply lack of expertise; it's not only laziness. Worse than the absence of notion, silly is a virulent disease that drains our productiveness and leaves us in poor health and decreased. And silly has an extended, advanced and poor earlier, one we have to comprehend with a view to defeat it.

A brief heritage of Stupid strains the origins of this maddening sick, studying the various ways that we've been stricken during the last 3 thousand years. It damns those that have unfold silly and celebrates the courageous few who resisted. It indicates how silly tightens the grubby grip of the silly round our throats. Hilarious, clever, disagreeable, infuriating and impolite, A brief background of Stupid is straight away a provocation and a convenience. it is going to spark debate, soothe the terminally annoyed and outrage the righteously silly. it's a ebook whose silly time has come.

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Paradoxically, it juxtaposes recog­ nition of the arbitrariness of language with a suggestion that language is motivated by providential intention. Gregory’s wordplay accesses English proper names of Germanic origin — words that, by virtue of their being proper to a language and to a singular identity, are usually considered inac­ cessible to translation — and then reads them according to the system of another language, the language of the Church. The intention, or the manner of intending of these names, is read across languages.

In fairness, one should note that Van den Broeck has at least in part been influenced by Philip E. Lewis’s ‘The Measure of Translation Effects’ (1985), an argument of a deconstructive nature that leans toward pre­ scribing what Lewis calls abusive translation. Lewis does not claim to represent Derrida or deconstruction, but works “via some abusive use of snatches of Derrida” (ibid:45), and his special concern is with reducing the inevitable losses incurred in translating the highly playful, polysemous, allusive writing of Derrida.

This articlefocuses on wordplay translation in the German version o f Mary Daly’s American feminist classic ‘Gyn/Ecology ’. It sets both the source text and the translation into the context o f feminist discursive practices o f their time, looks in some detail at the German translator’s options and solutions fo r wordplay translation, and discusses their effects. Résumé. Les écrits féministes des années 1970 ont été considérés dans beaucoup de littératures occidentales comme une produc­ tion littéraire avant-gardiste ayant un impact politique.

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