The last thirty years of intellectual and artistic creativity in the 20th century have been marked by gender issues. Translation practice, translation theory and translation criticism have also been powerfully affected by the focus on gender. As a result of feminist praxis and criticism and the simultaneous emphasis on culture in translation studies, translation has become an important site for the exploration of the cultural impact of gender and the gender-specific influence of cuture. With the dismantling of 'universal' meaning and the struggle for women's visibility in feminist work, and with the interest in translation as a visible factor in cultural exchange, the linking of gender and translation has created fertile ground for explorations of influence in writing, rewriting and reading.
Translation and Gender places recent work in translation against the background of the women's movement and its critique of 'patriarchal' language. It explains translation practices derived from experimental feminist writing, the development of openly interventionist translation strategies, the initiative to retranslate fundamental texts such as the Bible, translating as a way of recuperating writings 'lost' in patriarchy, and translation history as a means of focusing on women translators of the past.
… undoubtedly a valuable coursebook for teachers of translation theory … written in a lucid and agreeable style. (Marysa Demoor, Target)
1. Historical Background
The Women's Movement and the Idea of Gender
Women and Language
Gender and Translation
2. Gender and the Practice of Translation
Experimental Feminist Writing and its Translation
Translating the Body
Translating Puns of Cultural References
Translating Experiments with Language
Interventionist Feminist Translation
Assertive Feminist Translation
Recovering Women's Works 'Lost' in Patriarchy
Further Corrective Measures
3. Revising Theories and Myths
Proliferating Prefaces: The Translator's Sense of Self
Asserting the Translator's Identity
Claiming Responsibility for 'Meaning'
Revising the Rhetoric of Translation
Achieving Political Visibility
Revising a Fundamental Myth
4. Reading and Rewriting Translations
Reading Existing Translations
Simone de Beauvoir
Rewriting Existing Translations
Comparing 'Pre-feminist' and 'Post-feminist Translations
Sappho and Louise Labé
Recovering 'Lost' Women Translators
Subversive Activity in the English Renaissance
Nineteenth-Century Women Translators
Criticism from Outside Feminisms
Criticism from Within Feminisms
Opportunist Feminist Bandwagon
'Being Democratic with Minorities'
Revealing Women's Cultural and Political Diversity
6. Future Perspectives
Broad Historical Perspectives
Public Language Policies
7. Concluding Remarks
Translation Theories Explored is a series designed to engage with the range and diversity of contemporary translation studies. Translation itself is as vital and as charged as ever. If anything, it has become more plural, more varied and more complex in today\'s world. The study of translation has responded to these challenges with vigour. In recent decades the field has gained in depth, its scope continues to expand and it is increasingly interacting with other disciplines. The series sets out to reflect and foster these developments. It aims to keep track of theoretical developments, to explore new areas, approaches and issues, and generally to extend and enrich the intellectual horizon of translation studies. Special attention is paid to innovative ideas that may not as yet be widely known but deserve wider currency.
Individual volumes explain and assess particular approaches. Each volume combines an overview of the relevant approach with case studies and critical reflection, placing its subject in a broad intellectual and historical context, illustrating the key ideas with examples, summarizing the main debates, accounting for specific methodologies, achievements and blind spots, and opening up new perspectives for the future. Authors are selected not only on their close familiarity and personal affinity with a particular approach but also on their capacity for lucid exposition, critical assessment and imaginative thought. The series is aimed at researchers and graduate students who wish to learn about new approaches to translation in a comprehensive but accessible way.