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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translation

ISBN 9781138699298
Published August 28, 2018 by Routledge
604 Pages 1 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translation provides an accessible, diverse and extensive overview of literary translation today. This next-generation volume brings together principles, case studies, precepts, histories and process knowledge from practitioners in sixteen different countries. Divided into four parts, the book covers many of literary translation’s most pressing concerns today, from teaching, to theorising, to translation techniques, to new tools and resources. Featuring genre studies, in which graphic novels, crime fiction, and ethnopoetry have pride of place alongside classics and sacred texts, The Routledge Handbook of Literary Translation represents a vital resource for students and researchers of both translation studies and comparative literature.



Kelly Washbourne teaches at Kent State University in Ohio, United States. He won a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship (2010) for his translation of Nobel Laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias’ Leyendas de Guatemala (Legends of Guatemala, Latin American Literary Review Press, 2011).

Ben Van Wyke was Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis. He wrote on translation, metaphor, and postmodern philosophy, and translated from Spanish and Portuguese, primarily young Spanish authors of poetry and fiction. He passed away in September 2017.


"The introduction of this wide-ranging and polyvocal book announces that 'Literary translation's appeal is existential, not merely intellectual, aesthetic, political or recreational.' The book itself is all these things, and more: it offers a broad and inclusive approach to the translation of expressive language, whether in high-art forms or in popular media, in performance, in professional or popular settings, with an emphasis on the translator’s voice, and the collaborative synergies that authors, translators and publishers develop in the processes that lead to the finished product. It presents a panorama of literary translation that leads readers into most unexpected directions."

Luise von Flotow, University of Ottawa, Canada

"This Handbook is the most up-to-date resource for students, practitioners and instructors of literary translation. It is wide-ranging and inclusive as it deals with high and popular cultures, as well as marginalized and under-represented literary genres. It is forward-looking and timely for the twent-first century as it engages with current literary translation practice in the context of oral literature and emerging digital forms of literature. Innovative and unique, the Handbook is indeed an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the practice, teaching and scholarship of literary translation." Paul F. Bandia, Concordia University, Canada