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Economic History Working group - Informal talk by Professor Alexander Etkind: Who was the 'live monster', and what was lost and gained in the English translation of Das Kapital?

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  • Tue 01 Dec 2020 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-12-01 15:00 2020-12-01 17:00 Europe/Paris Economic History Working group - Informal talk by Professor Alexander Etkind: Who was the 'live monster', and what was lost and gained in the English translation of Das Kapital?

In this special session of our reading circle we will be joined by professor Alexander Etkind for an informal talk. Professor Etkind will focus on a strange mistranslation and mis-annotation of the key passage from the 7.2 section (Surplus Value) of Marx’s Capital. This substitution of meaning in the English translation (1887, edited by Engels and still used) is symptomatic - but of what? The earlier (1872) Russian translation on the other hand was more precise. Professor Etkind will compare this 1887 substitution to semantic games in the 3.4 section (Fetishism of commodities). His hypothesis is that Marx’s original mixture of economics, theology and irony was increasingly perceived as too playful or vulgar, or not scientific enough and ’the family’ decided to correct the text for the global reader. All researchers are dearly invited to participate.

For any questions please contact Giovanni Tonolo ([email protected])

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In this special session of our reading circle we will be joined by professor Alexander Etkind for an informal talk. Professor Etkind will focus on a strange mistranslation and mis-annotation of the key passage from the 7.2 section (Surplus Value) of Marx’s Capital. This substitution of meaning in the English translation (1887, edited by Engels and still used) is symptomatic - but of what? The earlier (1872) Russian translation on the other hand was more precise. Professor Etkind will compare this 1887 substitution to semantic games in the 3.4 section (Fetishism of commodities). His hypothesis is that Marx’s original mixture of economics, theology and irony was increasingly perceived as too playful or vulgar, or not scientific enough and ’the family’ decided to correct the text for the global reader. All researchers are dearly invited to participate.

For any questions please contact Giovanni Tonolo ([email protected])


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Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

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Organiser:
Giovanni Tonolo

Speaker:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

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