Listening to the wind in the trees: meaning, interpretation and literary theory

  • H. du Plooy Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Keywords: Literary theories, Twentieth century, Textual constraints, Translation


In this article the literary theories which dominated textual studies during the twentieth century are discussed briefly, indicating the philosophical roots of these theories. The article points out that whereas theories during the greater part of the twentieth century tended to encourage a more “open” approach to meaning and textuality, there are clear indications of a new awareness of textual constraints in the last decade. The point is made that interpreters and translators should be aware of the philosophical implications as well as of the textual constraints in the different forms of textual processing. In conclusion the responsibility of translators and interpreters of religious texts is emphasised.


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