Sociology of Translation

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Translation, both as a process and product, is being conceived as embedded in specific social, historical and political contexts while the choice of the texts to be translated, the translation processes and the function of the translations are determined by specific sociocultural motives. The module examines: a) the role of the translators in their social framework, b) the influence of power relations on both the translation processes and the choice of the text to translate, c) the function of the translations within the social framework whereon they are embedded, and d) the translation of minority identities within the context of their receiving cultures.

Core Bibliography: 
Álvarez, Román & Vidal, M. Carmen-África (eds.) (1996). Translation, Power, Subversion. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. Angelelli, Claudia V. (ed.) (2014). The Sociological Turn in Translation and Interpreting Studies. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Baker, Mona (2006). Translation and Conflict. London/New York: Routledge. Bielsa, Esperanza & Hughes, Christopher W. (eds.) (2009). Globalization, Political Violence and Translation. New York: Palgrave Macmilan. Cronin, Michael (2003). Translation and Globalization. London/New York: Routledge. ---- (2006). Translation and Identity. London/New York: Routledge. ---- (2013). Translation in the Digital Age. London/New York: Routledge. Ferreira Duarte, João & Assis Rosa, Alexandra & Seruya, Teresa (eds.) (2006). Translation Studies at the Interface of Disciplines. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Hermans, Theo (2014). Translating Others (volumes, I & II). London/New York: Routledge. Hung, Eva (ed.) (2005). Translation and Cultural Change. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Salama-Carr, Myriam (2007). Translating and Interpreting Conflict. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. Tymoczko, Maria (2010). Enlarging Translation, Empowering Translators. London/New York: Routledge. Tyulenev, Sergey (2014). Translation and Society. London/New York: Routledge. Wolf, Michaela & Fukari, Alexandra (eds.) (2007). Constructing a Sociology of Translation. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.