Translators through History

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Jean Delisle | University of Ottawa
Judith Woodsworth | Concordia University
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Acclaimed, when it first appeared, as a seminal work – a groundbreaking book that was both informative and highly readable – Translators through History is being released in a new edition, substantially revised and expanded by Judith Woodsworth.

Translators have played a key role in intellectual exchange through the ages and across borders. This account of how they have contributed to the development of languages, the emergence of literatures, the dissemination of knowledge and the spread of values tells the story of world culture itself.

Content has been updated, new elements introduced and recent directions in translation scholarship incorporated, providing fresh insights and a more nuanced view of past events. The bibliography contains over 100 new titles and illustrations have been refreshed and enhanced.

An invaluable tool for students, scholars and professionals in the field of translation, the latest version of Translators through History remains a vital resource for researchers in other disciplines and a fascinating read for the wider public.

This title replaces:
Translators through History, Edited and directed by Jean Delisle and Judith Woodsworth (1995)
[Benjamins Translation Library, 101] 2012.  xxv, 337 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The new edition is a very worthy successor to the first, more beautiful, more complete, more accurate. [...] This book will continue to hold a very important place on my shelf of translation reference volumes.”
“The pivotal role of translators is the unifying criterion of Delisle and Woodsworth’s seminal work on translation history: here translators are depicted as bearers of crucial historical developments, iconically represented in every chapter ... Taken together, these pictures build up a larger representation of history, as if in a mosaic, where every single component plays a fundamental role in the definition of the picture as a whole.”
“Focusing on translators of different nationalities playing various roles in history, Translators through History is a ground-breaking and valuable work – a must-read and major reference.”
“It is one of the most informative books I have ever read; not just informative about translation, but about every aspect of world culture and how it was spread.”
“Translation scholars and translation studies are now belatedly discovering the importance of the translator. Translators through History is an enormously valuable contribution towards redressing the balance.”
“The book as a whole is impressive, useful, and a surprisingly good read.”
“The original volume responded to the long-standing needs of both practitioners and researchers in the discipline and, in turn, in the two decades that have passed, it has encouraged a new strand of research in Translation Studies that stimulated historiographic and diachronic approaches to investigating translation phenomena. This complex and composite work in scope, ambition, objectives and content, has been given a rejuvenating update, after careful revision of the 1995 book.”
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2016. Johannitius (809–873 AD), a medieval physician, translator and author. Journal of Medical Biography 24:3  pp. 328 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Dissemination of academic medical research through translation throughout history and in the contemporary world. In The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Health,  pp. 45 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Interprètes, contextes, situations : l’interprétation comme acte politique. TTR : traduction, terminologie, rédaction 34:2  pp. 149 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Review of Fomeshi (2019): Persian Whitman: Beyond a Literary Reception. Babel. Revue internationale de la traduction / International Journal of Translation 67:1  pp. 118 ff. DOI logo
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Footitt, Hilary
2023. Reversing the Gaze. In Afghan Interpreters Through Western Eyes [Palgrave Studies in Languages at War, ],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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Gu, Chonglong
2018. Towards a Re-Definition of Government Interpreters' Agency Against a Backdrop of Sociopolitical and Cultural Evolution. In Redefining Translation and Interpretation in Cultural Evolution [Advances in Religious and Cultural Studies, ],  pp. 238 ff. DOI logo
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2023. The impressionist tale as a way to negotiate the challenges of ethnography in field missions for international organisations. The Translator 29:2  pp. 231 ff. DOI logo
Haidar Ahmad, Cherine
2021. United Nations Interpreters in the Arab Spring. In Interpreting Conflict,  pp. 213 ff. DOI logo
Halevi-Wise, Yael & Madeleine Gottesman
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

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CFP: Translation & interpretation

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LAN023000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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