Translation in Systems: Descriptive and System-oriented Approaches Explained

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Routledge, 08.04.2014 - 196 Seiten
The notion of systems has helped revolutionize translation studies since the 1970s. As a key part of many descriptive approaches, it has broken with the prescriptive focus on what translation should be, encouraging researchers to ask what translation does in specific cultural settings. From his privileged position as a direct participant in these developments, Theo Hermans explains how contemporary descriptive approaches came about, what the basic ideas were, and how those ideas have evolved over time. His discussion addresses the fundamental problems of translation norms, equivalence, polysystems and social systems, covering not only the work of Levý, Holmes, Even-Zohar, Toury, Lefevere, Lambert, Van Leuven-Zwart, Dhulst and others, but also giving special attention to recent contributions derived from Pierre Bourdieu and Niklas Luhmann. An added focus on practical questions of how to investigate translation (problems of definition, description, assessment of readerships, etc.) makes this book essential reading for graduate students and indeed any researchers in the field. Hermans' account of descriptive translation studies is both informed and critical. At the same time, he demonstrates the strength of the basic concepts, which have shown considerable vitality in their evolution and adaptation to the debates of the present day.
 

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Inhalt

Manns Fate
1
1 An Invisible College
7
2 Lines of Approach
17
3 Points of Orientation
31
4 Undefining Translation
46
5 Describing Translation
55
6 Working with Norms
72
7 Beyond Norms
91
9 More Systems?
120
10 Translation as System
137
11 Criticisms
151
12 Perspectives
158
Glossary
162
Bibliography
165
Index
192
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8 Into Systems
102

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