The Translation Studies Reader
Edited by Lawrence Venuti
Routledge – 2012 – 546 pages
The Translation Studies Reader provides a definitive survey of the most important and influential developments in translation theory and research, with an emphasis on twentieth-century developments. With introductory essays prefacing each section, the book places a wide range of seminal and innovative readings within their thematic, cultural and historical contexts.
The third edition of this classic reader has been fully revised and updated and adds a new section: 2000 and beyond , which includes five new readings. These new readings bring the Reader up to date with recent developments in the field and include articles on translation and world literature and translation and the internet.
‘This Reader promises to inspire new debates and to remain an essential point of reference for translator training programmes.’ – Carol O’Sullivan, University of Portsmouth, UK
'This authoritative anthology combines a generous selection of classic pronouncements on translation with challenging more recent pieces, offering insightful editorial guidance throughout. No collection of books on translation theory is complete without it.' –Dirk Delabastita, Pluri-LL (University of Namur) and CETRA (KU Leuven), Belgium
'Since the appearance of the first edition of the Translation Studies Reader, it has been the main textbook in every translation seminar I have taught. The new material in this edition, including pieces on the role of translation in world literature and as (anti)colonial practice, increases still further the value of this anthology for the teaching of translation studies.' – Thomas Beebee, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Praise for previous editions:
'This catholic selection of essays is aimed at students on a range of courses who have to develop an understanding of translation theory or those embarking on doctoral research . . . This heterogeneity will also be welcomed by those involved in training in the context of translation practice, where the intellectual need to hone strategies is increasingly accepted as part of the necessary baggage of professional status.' - Peter Bush, The Times Higher Educational Supplement
'This is a generously proportioned volume which . . . offers a rich cross-section of contemporary approaches . . . one comes to its end feeling that few stones have been left unturned, few issues left unbroached.' - Clive Scott, In Other Words
'This volume is excellent for introducing students to the history and themes of the field.' - Christina Schaffner, EST Newsletter
'… a useful guide for all communication specialists interested in intercultural communication as it brings forth numerous examples of problems of intercultural communication and solutions to overcome them. Helping the reader follow the thoughts and development linked to translation, this masterpiece portrays what is intelligible and interesting in translation culture.' - William Ndi, Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
Introduction. Foundational Statements.1. Jerome, Letter to Pammachius. Translated by Kathleen Davis. 2. Nicolas Perrot D’Ablancourt, Prefaces to Tacitus and Lucian. Translated by Lawrence Venuti. 3. John Dryden, From the Preface to Ovid’s Epistles. 4. Friedrich Schleiermacher, On the Different Methods of Translating. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. 5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Translations. Translated by Sharon Sloan.6. Friedrich Nietzsche. Translations. Translated by Walter Kaufmann. 1900s-1930s. 7. Walter Benjamin, The Translator's Task. Translated by Steven Rendall 8. Ezra Pound, Guido’s Relations. 9. Jorge Luis Borges, The Translators of The One Thousand and One Nights. Translated by Esther Allen.1940s-1950s. 10 Vladimir Nabokov, Problems of Translation: Onegin in English. 11. Roman Jakobson, On Linguistic Aspects of Translation.1960s-1970s. 12. Eugene Nida, Principles of Correspondence. 13. George Steiner. The Hermeneutic.14. Itamar Even-Zohar, The Position of Translated Literature within the Literary Polysystem.15. Gideon Toury, The Nature and Role of Norms in Translation.1980s. 16. Hans J. Vermeer, Skopos and Commission in Translation Theory. Translated by Andrew Chesterman.17. André Lefevere, Mother Courage’s Cucumbers: Text, System and Refraction in a Theory of Literature. 18. Philip E. Lewis, The Measure of Translation Effects.19. Antoine Berman, Translation and the Trials of the Foreign. Translated by Lawrence Venuti. 20. Lori Chamberlain, Gender and the Metaphorics of Translation. 1990s. 21. Annie Brisset, The Search for a Native Language: Translation and Cultural Identity. Translated by Rosalind Gill and Roger Gannon. 22. Gayatri Spivak, The Politics of Translation. 23. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Thick Translation 24. Keith Harvey, Translating Camp Talk: Gay Identities and Cultural Transfer. 25. Jacques Derrida, What Is a "Relevant" Translation? Translated by Lawrence Venuti 2000 and beyond. 26. Ian Mason, Text Parameters in Translation: Transitivity and Institutional Cultures. 27. David Damrosch, Translation and World Literature: Love in the Necropolis. 28. Sherry Simon, Translating Montreal: The Crosstown Journey in the 1960s. 29. Vicente L. Rafael, Translation, American English, and the National Insecurities of empire. 30. Michael Cronin, Translation and The Internet. 31. Lawrence Venuti, Genealogies of Translation Theory: Jerome.
Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English at Temple University, USA, is one of the world’s leading translation theorists and a prolific literary translator.He is author of The Translator's Invisibility (2008) and Translation Changes Everything (forthcoming), both Routledge.