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2nd Edition

Translation and Conflict
A narrative account

ISBN 9781138600447
Published October 11, 2018 by Routledge
226 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Translation and Conflict was the first book to demonstrate that translators and interpreters participate in circulating as well as resisting the narratives that create the intellectual and moral environment for violent conflict and social tensions. Drawing on narrative theory and with numerous examples from historical and current contexts of conflict, Mona Baker provides an original and coherent model of analysis that pays equal attention to the circulation of narratives in translation and to questions of dominance and resistance. With a new preface by Sue-Ann Harding, Translation and Conflict is more than ever the essential text for any student or researcher interested in the study of translation and social movements.

Table of Contents


List of Figures


Introduction to the Classic Edition

  1. Introduction

    1. Translation, power, conflict
    2. Why narrative?
    3. Overview of Chapters

  1. Introducing narrative theory
  2. 2.1 The status and effects of narrativity

    2.2 Defining narrative

    2.3 The political import of narratives

  3. A typology of narrative
  4. 3.1 Ontological narratives

    3.2 Public narratives

    3.3 Conceptual (disciplinary) narratives

    3.4 Meta- (master) narratives


  5. Understanding how narratives work: features of narrativity I
  6. 4.1 Temporality (Bruner’s narrative diachronicity)

    4.2 Relationality (Hermeneutic composability)

    4.3 Causal emplotment

    4.4 Selective appropriation

  7. Understanding how narratives work: features of narrativity II
  8. 5.1 Particularity

    5.2 Genericness

    5.3 Normativeness/canonicity and breach

    5.4 Narrative accrual

  9. Framing narratives in translation
  10. 6.1 Framing, frame ambiguity and frame space

    6.2 Temporal and spatial framing

    6.3 Selective appropriation of textual material

    6.4 Framing by labelling

    6.5 Repositioning of participants

  11. Assessing narratives: the narrative paradigm

7.1 The narrative paradigm: basic tenets

7.2 Coherence (probability)

7.3 Fidelity

7.4 Assessing narratives: applying the model

7.5 Concluding remarks







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Mona Baker is Professor Emerita of Translation Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, and Director of the Shanghai Jiao Tong Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, China ( She is Founding Vice President of the International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS, 2004–2015) and author/editor of several leading titles in translation studies, including In Other Words (Routledge 3e 2018) and co-editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (Routledge, 2e, 2008)