Textual and Contextual Voices of Translation

ORCID logoCecilia Alvstad | University of Oslo
Annjo K. Greenall | Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Hanne Jansen | University of Copenhagen
ORCID logoKristiina Taivalkoski-Shilov | University of Helsinki / University of Turku
ISBN 9789027258847 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265036 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The notion of voice has been used in a number of ways within Translation Studies. Against the backdrop of these different uses, this book looks at the voices of translators, authors, publishers, editors and readers both in the translations themselves and in the texts that surround these translations. The various authors go on a hunt for translational agents’ voice imprints in a variety of textual and contextual material, such as literary and non-literary translations, book reviews, newspaper articles, academic texts and e-mails. While all stick to the principle of studying text and context together, the different contributions also demonstrate how specific textual and contextual circumstances require adapted methodological solutions, ending up in a collection that takes steps in a joint direction but that is at the same time complex and pluralistic.
The book is intended for scholars and students of Translation Studies, Comparative Literature, and other disciplines within Language and Literature.
[Benjamins Translation Library, 137] 2017.  vi, 268 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Translation Studies is often said to be fragmenting as it evolves into ever more specialized fields; but there are also occasional signs of an opposite movement, and that is what we see in this rich volume. Here, “voice” is given a superordinate interpretation that connects its textual, stylistic sense to its contextual, agentive one. The result shows that such an integrative interpretation can be extremely productive, leading to analytical insights and some promising conceptual innovation. The book also has a distinctive (mainly) Nordic voice of its own: bravo!”
“The invisibility of the translator has in the last years been extensively scrutinized. With this book the wide range of voices involved in the long translation process from acquisition to publication are finally included in a comprehensive study. Never before have all the agents, and all the steps of translating a text been studied so thoroughly. This timely and groundbreaking work represents an important step towards a better comprehension of what stays behind any translation.”
“This volume represents an important contribution to the field of translation and literary studies with its systematic treatment of prominent questions of voice and multiple translatorship. A significant theoretical advance is achieved by the investigation of voice from multiple perspectives: the differentiation between textual and contextual voice and the identification of different agents/actors behind these voices.”
“I recommend this book to scholars, translators and students who work in the field of Translation and Translation Studies. Although the book is framed in a Scandinavian setting, it has opened up a new area of studies that might be essential to researchers who conduct research in their own local context. The issue of ‘textual and contextual voices’ discussed in the book not only informs the author, publisher, editor, critics and all other agents involved in the production of the translation about their responsibilities and impacts on the final translation but also raises the awareness of the intense collaboration between researchers and practitioners.”
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Communication Studies

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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies

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CFP: Translation & interpretation

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LAN023000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Translating & Interpreting
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