The Spectrum of Translation in Cortázar’s “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris"


  • María Constanza Guzmám York University



Cortazar and translation, translation and fiction, translation and authorship, fidelity and intervention, translator's visibility, translator's subjectivity, translation as writing, translation and difference


Translation is a recurrent theme in Julio Cortazar's fiction. In this paper, his short story "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris" is presented as a story about translation in which the protagonist, who comes to inhabit a space temporarily, "invades" that space subverting the original order. This representation is discussed in relation to prevailing notions about translation and translators.

Received: 06-04-06 / Accepted: 24-07-06

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Guzmán, M. C. (2006). The Spectrum of Translation in Cortázar’s “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris”. Íkala. 11 (1), pp. 75 – 86 

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Author Biography

María Constanza Guzmám, York University

María Constanza Guzmán is a full-time teacher at the School of Translation and the Department of Hispanic Studies at York University, Glendon College.


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How to Cite

Guzmám, M. C. (2006). The Spectrum of Translation in Cortázar’s “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris". Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 11(1), 75–86.




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