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ERIC Number: EJ1040345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Crumbs, Thieves, and Relics: Translation and Alien Humanism
McAlhany, Joseph
Educational Theory, v64 n5 p439-461 Oct 2014
Terence's famous humanistic motto, "homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto," was transmitted from antiquity to modernity as an isolated fragment of a surviving play, and was subjected to various forms of translation and interpretation. In this essay, Joseph McAlhany argues that fragments and translation, by their nature, resist completion and wholeness, and it is this quality that makes them paradigmatically humanistic. After a history of the uses and abuses of this line, in particular the unsuccessful scholarly attempts to provide it with an authoritative meaning and a definitive translation, a close reading of the line reveals the humanistic ironies already present in the line itself. The translations of this fragment demonstrate not only the resistance to completion and the recognition of loss that are essential to humanism, but also how, and why, this crumb of classical antiquity continues to nourish the discourse of humanism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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