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Critical Readings in Translation Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Mona Baker


512 pages

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Critical Readings in Translation Studies is an integrated and structured set of readings that is prospective rather than retrospective in orientation. It provides students with a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in thinking about translation, both within and outside translation studies. Designed to be the most student-friendly volume available, this reader:

• Covers all the main forms of translation: oral, written, literary, non-literary, scientific, religious, audiovisual and machine translation

• Uses a thematic structure: topics covered include the politics and dynamics of representation, the positioning of translators and interpreters in institutional settings, issues of minority and cultural survival, and the impact of new media and technology

• Incorporates key approaches to conceptualizing translation: from textual and philosophical to cultural and political

• Includes core material from renowned scholars, but also innovative and less well-known work from scholars both in related disciplines and in the non-western world.

Complete with full editorial support from Mona Baker, including a general introduction as well as detailed, critical summaries of each of the readings, a set of follow-up questions for discussion and recommended further reading for each article, this is an essential resource for all students of translation studies.


'This volume represents a much needed break from the canon that currently defines – but also restricts – the scope of translation studies. Read Venuti to see where we have come from; read Baker to see where we are heading.' - Stuart Campbell, University of Western Sydney

'…there is a rich source of information for any student of translation or interpreting in this volume. The complexity of translation which Baker often refers to is manifest in the different contributions.' - J.A. Foley, Assumption University, The New English Teacher

Table of Contents

Part 1: Politics and Dynamics of Representation 1. 'The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology', Talal Asad 2. 'Packaging "Huda": Sha’rawi’s Memoirs in the United States Reception Environment', Mohja Kahf Part 2: Modes and Strategies: The Language(s) of Translation 3. 'Writing Between the Lines: The Language of Translation', John Sturrock 4. 'Translation as Cultural Politics: Regimes of Domestication in English', Lawrence Venuti Part 3: Text, Discourse and Ideology 5. 'Discourse, Ideology and Translation', Ian Mason 6. '"Poru Ruta"/Paul Rotha and the Politics of Translation', Abé Mark Nornes 7. 'Reframing Conflict in Translation', Mona Baker Part 4: The Voice of Authority: Institutional Settings and Alliances 8. 'The Registration Interview: Restricting Refugees’ Narrative Performance', Marco Jacquemet 9. 'The Interpreter as Institutional Gatekeeper: The Social-linguistic Role of Interpreters in Spanish-English Medical Discourse ', Brad Davidson 10. 'Translating the Bible in Nineteenth-Century India: Protestant Missionary Translation and the Standard Tamil Version', Hephzibah Israel Part 5: Individual Voice and Positionality 11. 'The Translator’s Voice in Translated Narrative', Theo Hermans 12. 'Ideology and the Position of the Translator: In What Sense is a Translator ‘In Between’?', Maria Tymoczko 13. 'National Sovereignty versus Universal Rights: Interpreting Justice in a Global Context', Moira Inghilleri Part 6: Minority Issues: Cultural Identity and Survival 14. 'The Cracked Looking Glass of Servants: Translation and Minority Languages in a Global Age', Michael Cronin 15. 'Locating Power: Corsican Translators and Their Critics', Alexandra Jaffe Part 7: Translation in World Systems 16. 'Consecration and Accumulation of Literary Capital. Translation as Unequal Exchange', Pascale Casanova 17. 'Towards a Sociology of Translation: Book Translations as a Cultural World-System', Johan Heilbron Part 8: The Making of Literary Traditions 18. 'Pharoah’s Revenge: Translation, Literary History and Colonial Ambivalence ', Samah Selim 19. 'Translation’s Challenge to Critical Categories: Verses from French in the Early English Renaissance', A.E.B. Coldiron 20. 'Engendered by Translation: Modern Japanese Literature, Vernacular Style, and the Westernesque Femme Fatale', Indra Levy Part 9: Translation and War 21. 'Translation in Wartime', Vicente Rafael 22. 'War, Translation, Transnationalism: Interpreters in and of the War (Croatia, 1991-1992)', Zrinka Stahuljak Part 10: Changing Landscapes: New Media & Technologies 23. 'Machine Translation and Global English', Rita Raley 24. 'Translation in the Age of Postmodern Production: From Text to Intertext to Hypertext', Karen Littau 25. 'A New Line in the Geometry', Eric Cazdyn

About the Editor

Mona Baker is Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting