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The Routledge Handbook of Translation, Feminism and Gender

ISBN 9781138066946
Published July 13, 2020 by Routledge
594 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Translation, Feminism and Gender provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of feminism and gender awareness in translation and translation studies today.

Bringing together work from more than 20 different countries – from Russia to Chile, Yemen, Turkey, China, India, Egypt and the Maghreb as well as the UK, Canada, the USA and Europe – this Handbook represents a transnational approach to this topic, which is in development in many parts of the world. With 41 chapters, this book presents, discusses, and critically examines many different aspects of gender in translation and its effects, both local and transnational.

Providing overviews of key questions and case studies of work currently in progress, this Handbook is the essential reference and resource for students and researchers of translation, feminism, and gender.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors



1 Women (re)writing authority: a roundtable discussion on feminist translation

Part I

Translating and publishing women

2 Volga as an international agent of feminist translation

3 Translation of women-centred literature in Iran: macro and micro analysis

4 Pathways of solidarity in transit: Iraqi women writers’ story-making in English translation

5 Maghrebi women’s literature in translation

6 Translation and gender in South America: the representation of South American women writers in an unequal cultural scenario

7 Translating metonymies that construct gender: testimonial narratives by 20th-century Latin American women

8 Polish women translators: a herstory

9 Women translators in early modern Europe

10 Women writers in translation in the UK: The "Year of Publishing Women" (2018) as a platform for collective change?

11 Censorship and women writers in translation: focus on Spain under Francoism

12 Gender and interpreting: an overview and case study of a woman interpreter’s media representation

Part II

Translating feminist writers

13 The Wollstonecraft meme: translations, appropriations, and receptions of Mary Wollstonecraft’s feminism

14 An Indian woman’s room of one’s own: a reflection on Hindi translations of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

15 A tale of two translations: (re)interpreting Beauvoir in Japan, 1953-1997

16 Bridging the cultural gap: the translation of Simone de Beauvoir in Arabic

17 Translating French feminist philosophers into English: the case of Simone de Beauvoir

18 On Borderlands and translation: the Spanish versions of Gloria Anzaldúa’s seminal work

Part III

Feminism, gender, and queer in translation

19 At the confluence of queer and translation: subversions, fluidities, and performances

20 Feminism in the post-communist world in/as translation

21 The uneasy transfer of feminist ideas and gender theory: post-Soviet English-Russian translations

22 Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Simone de Beauvoir’s Le Deuxième Sexe, and Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble in Polish: feminism, translation, and political history

23 Translating feminism in China: a historical perspective

24 Queer transfeminism and its militant translation: collective, independent, and self-managed

25 Translating queer: re-centring caste, decolonizing praxis

26 Sinicizing non-normative sexualities: through translation’s looking glass

Part IV

Gender in grammar, technologies, and audiovisual translation

27 Grammatical gender and translation: a cross-linguistic overview

28 Le président est une femme: the challenges of translating gender in UN texts

29 Identifying and countering sexist labels in Arabic translation: the politics of language in cleaning products

30 Egypt: Arab women’s feminist activism in volunteer subtitled social media

31 The sexist translator and the feminist heroine: politically incorrect language in films and TV

32 Women in audiovisual translation: the Arabic context

33 Gender in war video games: the linguacultural representation and localization of female roles between reality and fictionality

34 Gender issues in machine translation: an unsolved problem?

Part V

Discourses in translation

35 Translating the Bible into English: how translations transformed gendered meanings and relations

36 Negotiation of meaning in translating ‘Islamic feminist’ texts into Arabic: mapping the terrain

37 Feminist strategies in women’s translations of the Qur’an

38 Translation and women’s health in post-reform China: a case study of the 1998 Chinese translation of Our Bodies, Ourselves

39 Translating feminist texts on women’s sexual and reproductive health

40 Children’s literature, feminism, adaptation, and translation


41 Recognition, risk, and relationships: feminism and translation as modes of embodied engagement


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Luise von Flotow has taught translation studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada since 1996, publishing widely in the field of feminism, gender, and translation. She most recently co-edited Translating Women. Different Voices and New Horizons with Farzaneh Farhazad (Routledge 2016) and co-translated Tout le monde parle de la pluie et du beau temps. Pas nous, a book about Ulrike Meinhof (2018) with Isabelle Totikaev.

Hala Kamal is Professor of English and Gender Studies in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. Her research interests and publications in both Arabic and English are in the areas of feminist literary criticism, translation studies, and the history of the Egyptian feminist movement. She has translated several books on feminism and gender into Arabic.


'This handbook is a superb resource for scholars and translators. Its finely calibrated content and structure sets a new standard for future research on gender and translation. The editors succeeded brilliantly in bringing thematic and structural coherence to chapters concerned with diverse topics and approaches and authored by a culturally diverse group of scholars. An impressive scholarly accomplishment, the handbook offers fundamental and timely readings on gender, feminist, and queer theories and translation that are highly relevant to everyone involved in translation and translation studies.'

Karin Bauer, McGill University, Canada

'A systematic and meticulous study, this fascinating volume uncovers a wealth of distinct and lively perspectives emerging in different corners of the world in a welcome addition to the literature. Agents and processes at the intersections of translation, feminism and gender are presented in a richly diverse range of contexts.'

Emilia Di Martino, Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, Italy  

'The editors Luise von Flotow, known for her decades long work on feminist translation and Hala Kamal, known for her lifelong academic and activist pursuit of a better world for women have successfully compiled an essential resource for those interested in feminism and translation, not only through the articles they compiled, but also in giving space to a younger generation of researchers and widening the scope of translation studies, as well.'

Nihal Nour; Aya Sami, Cairo Studies in English (2020, 1, 2021, 280-284.)