Translating Trauma: Time Journey in a Memorial Museum

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Heritage used to be associated with beautiful and great creations of the past, but places that carry scars in history and cause pain and shame are now recognized as sites of “difficult heritage.” These sites not only become sites of memory and reminiscence for local people, but also attract many international visitors. Most studies on difficult heritage have been of more well-known international incidents, such as trauma related to the world wars. In such cases, even international visitors who do not have personal experience directly related to the incidents can associate themselves with the sites to a certain extent. However, this chapter intends to explore the collective pain shared by a group of people less known to international society. In such cases, how is the traumatic past retold to international visitors? This research investigates the translation of trauma based on a case study of the translated texts in the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum. The chapter examines how the source text positions and the target text repositions visitors in relation to the temporal-spatial dramaturgy in the museum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranslation and Time
Subtitle of host publicationMigration, Culture and Identity
Place of PublicationKent, Ohio
PublisherKent State University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781606354087
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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