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Writing about embodiment as an act of translation

Baker, Catherine



Writing about embodiment is an act of compression: reducing the sensory complexity of someone else’s physical experience, or even one’s own, into written language that somebody else will understand through sight or sound. It is an act of abstraction, excerpting part of a narrative or a life and putting it to another purpose, where indeed one may – and possibly one always should – worry that it is overstepping into appropriation. It is also an act of translation, where recognizing the writer as an intermediary in the translator’s sense might help us be explicit about what it is we do when we write about bodies, and why writing about militarized embodiment might be so unnerving.


Baker, C. (2016). Writing about embodiment as an act of translation. Critical military studies, 2(1-2), 120-124.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2015
Publication Date May 3, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 29, 2016
Journal Critical military studies
Print ISSN 2333-7486
Electronic ISSN 2333-7494
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1-2
Pages 120-124
Keywords Embodiment, Translation
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