Translation in systems : descriptive and systemic approaches explained

Theo Hermans

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 Levy, 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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  • Preamble: Mann's Fate 1. An Invisible College Names Invisible Colleges Manipulation College? 2. Lines of Approach 'Diagnostic rather than hortatory' Decisions, Shifts, Metatexts A Disciplinary Utopia 3. Points of Orientation 4. Undefining Translation 5. Describing Translation First Attempts Transemes? Real Readers Checklists Comparative Practice 6. Working with Norms Decisions and Norms Toury's Norms Chesterman's Norms Norm Theory Studying Norms 7. Beyond Norms Laws? Translation as Index Equivalence? Historicizing Theory 8. Into Systems Polysystem's Sources Polysystem's Terms Polysystems in Action Polysystem's Limitations 9. More Systems? Mass Communication Maps System, Ideology and Poetics Translation as Field and Habitus 10. Translation as System Expectations Structure Translation as a Social System Self-reference and Description 11. Criticisms 12. Perspectives

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書名 Translation in systems : descriptive and systemic approaches explained
著作者等 Hermans, Theo
Pym, Anthony
書名別名 Translation in systems : descriptive and system-oriented approaches explained
シリーズ名 Translation theories explained
出版元 St. Jerome
刊行年月 1999
ページ数 195 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9781900650113
NCID BA43091384
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス