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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception
An Investigation of Indulekha

Muralikrishnan T.R., Ph.D.


1.0 This paper attempts to see the translator as a reader from the phenomenological perspective and tries to site him/position him as a perceiver whose role is to construct meaning. Rather than placing the reader at the center, it is worth-trying to place the translator at the center. Here, the translator dons a double (con-fused) role by virtue of being a reader as well as the translator.

The role gets further complicated and problematic considering the fact that the 'meaning' needs to get translated from the 'reader' to the translator who wishes to share the so called 'universality' or 'indeterminacies' to the next reader. In this process he/she is also the interpreter. His/her reception of the text is vital.

Background Study Of Phenomenology And Reading

2.0 Phenomenology is a philosophical method founded by the German philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938). It attempts to overcome the division between the subject and object or the mental and material by examining consciousness and the object of consciousness simultaneously.

Consciousness is regarded as intentional, that is, all states of consciousness must be understood as intending something or directed to an object. Husserl sought to create an alternative philosophical position to both idealism, which collapses the material into the mental, and materialism, which collapses the mental into the material. He developed methods of studying consciousness in its intentional mode of operation.

Husserl borrowed the concept of intentionality from Bretano who in turn had derived it from the Aristotelian tradition. But just as Bretano changed the meaning of the original, Aristotelian conception of intentionality, so Husserl reinterpreted Bretano's conception.

For Husserl, intentionality means that in all pure experiences there is found inherently a being-directed-toward; perceiving is perceiving of something, judging is judging about something, hoping is hoping for something etc.

The phenomenological analysis and description must examine the different forms of intentionality in a critical and reflective attitude, because it is precisely through these different forms of intentionality that each domain of objects becomes accessible to us. Intentionality is at the heart of knowing.

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