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Chapter 1

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Sketching landscapes in translation studies: A bibliographic study 

Federico Zanettin, Gabriela Saldanha and Sue-Ann Harding

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Translation studies and textbooks

Tao Youlan

In this paper, Tao Youlan discusses the insertion of translation textbooks into Holmes’s map of the discipline. The first edition of Introducing Translation Studies and other textbooks are discussed with specific reference to the needs of a Chinese reader.

Chapter 2

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Krishnamurthy, R. (2009) ‘The Indian tradition’, in M. Baker and G. Saldanha (eds) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd edn, pp. 449–58.

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Translation theory and practice in China

Luo, X. and Hong Lei

This article gives a concise and accessible overview of some key moments in Chinese translation theory and practice. It can be used as a useful supplement to the comments in Chapter 2 on the Chinese tradition of Buddhist translation and the influence of Yan Fu on modern Chinese translation scholars.

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Translators’ prefaces as documentary sources for translation studies

Rodica Dimitriu

This is a study that seeks to categorize the form and focus of translator prefaces based on a corpus of prefaces of translations into Romanian. It thus provides an advance on the Proust case study in Chapter 2 and links to other concepts such as fidelity in Chapter 3.

Chapter 3

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‘The limitations of equivalent effect’

Ju Miao

This paper by Ju Miao makes reference to the work of Nida, Newmark and Koller discussed in Chapter 3 and discusses the difficulties of achieving equivalent effect between English and Chinese.

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On some hermeneutical aspects of translation

Svyatoslav A. Semko

Semko reviews Russian translation theory, often neglected in the West. This detailed article focuses on linguistic concepts as they are linked to the hermeneutic circle (compare Chapter 10). Some influence of Nida’s work is discerned, especially in the discussion of elements that are communicatively relevant, or irrelevant, in translation.

Chapter 4

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Procedures, techniques, strategies: Translation process operators

Anna Gil Bardají

This article discusses the meaning of various common, and sometimes overlapping, terms in translation theory: procedures, techniques, strategies, processes, methods, etc. Some crucial distinctions are made for the application of such metalinguistic terms to the study of translation.

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Introducing a Chinese perspective on translation shifts: A comparative study of shift models by Loh and Vinay and Darbelnet

Zhang Meifang and Pan Li

Chapter 5

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Audience Design in Translating

Ian Mason

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Chapter 5 P139 question 3:  Analyzing the Crowdsourcing Model and Its Impact on Public Perceptions of Translation

Julie McDonough Dolmaya

Manipulation and loyalty in functional translation

Christiane Nord

Christiane Nord, one of the key theorists discussed in Chapter 5, presents the basic principles of functional translation and explores how loyalty is an important element in literary and Bible translation.

Chapter 6

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Quality assessment for the translation of museum texts: Application of a systemic functional model

Chengzhi Jiang

This article presents in some depth the concepts of systemic functional linguistics that underpin the discourse analysis discussed in this chapter. Its use for translation quality assessment is central, as was seen in the description of House’s model in the chapter.

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Translation and ideology: A textual approach

Jeremy Munday

Chapter 7

Translation and normativity

Theo Hermans

A key figure in the Manipulation School and systems theories described in this chapter, Theo Hermans here provides a detailed exploration of the potential of norms as a tool for the analysis of historical translation. He further discusses the theoretical implications of a norms-based approach, incorporating work by Luhmann and Bourdieu.

Chapter 8

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Feminist translation strategies: Different or derived?

Kim Wallmach

In this article, Wallmach challenges the feminist translation strategies described in Chapter 8.

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Third Spaces, mimicry and attention to ambivalence: Applying Bhabhian discourse to translation theory

Kathryn Batchelor

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Translation studies forum: Cultural translation

Mary Louise Pratt, Birgit Wagner, Ovidi Carbonell i Cortés, Andrew Chesterman and Maria Tymoczko

The varied contributions in this forum, from some major figures in the field, focus on the understanding of the concept of ‘cultural translation’ and the metaphor it creates of the translated subject. This is an illustration of how more recent work has extended cultural studies approaches to the study of translation. It is worth making a summary of the views of each of the contributors towards the subject in order to better understand the breadth of cultural translation.

Chapter 9

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Translator v. Author (2007): Girls of Riyadh go to New York

Marilyn Booth

An interesting case study of the domestication in English of a best-selling novel by Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany. Booth discusses the ethical choices at stake, and the relative authority of author and translator.

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Inghilleri, M. (2009) ‘Sociological approaches’ in M. Baker and G. Saldanha The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd edn, pp. 279–82.

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Translation and the international circulation of literature: A comparative analysis of the reception of Roberto Bolaño’s work in Spanish and English

Esperança Bielsa

Chapter 10

Translation, philosophy and deconstruction

Peter Florentsen

This article discusses in more detail the central ideas of this chapter. Florentsen describes how deconstruction challenges Nida's concept of equivalence of meaning (see Chapter 3). Instead, translation is presented as an untranslatable metaphor.

Chapter 11

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Pérez-González, L. (2014) Excerpts taken from pages 15-26 in Audiovisual Translation: Theories, Methods and Issues, Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

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Multimodal transcription in the analysis, translation and subtitling of Italian films

Christopher J. Taylor

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For chapter 11, page 301, question 2: Multimodality, translation and comics

Michal Borodo

Corpus-based translation studies: Where does it come from? Where is it going?

Sara Laviosa

Laviosa summarizes the growth of early corpus-based translation studies and importantly links it to investigations of central phenomena such as translation universals from the descriptive studies tradition (see Chapter 7).

Chapter 12

How to research EU translation?

Kaisa Koskinen

This article is an example of how concepts from translation theory can be applied to, and be affected by, translation practice – in this case in the EU. It is useful for interrogating some of the central concepts of translation theory and, for that reason, for generating ideas for research projects.