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The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference [Paperback]

Lawrence Venuti
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6 Aug 1998 0415169305 978-0415169301
Translation is stigmatized as a form of writing, discouraged by copyright law, deprecated by the academy, exploited by publishers and corporations, governments and religious organizations.
Lawrence Venuti exposes what he refers to as the 'scandals of translation' by looking at the relationship between translation and those bodies - corporations, governments, religious organizations, publishers - who need the work of the translator yet marginalize it when it threatens their cultural values.
Venuti illustrates his arguments with a wealth of translations from The Bible, the works of Homer, Plato and Wittgenstein, Japanese and West African novels, advertisements and business journalism.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (6 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415169305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415169301
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...".greatly contributes to the understanding of translation in many of its problematic features. This book is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in the practice of translation.."-Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, December 2002 ..."provides an extensive commentary about the practice of translation and its most problematic issues in the English-speaking world. The book's significance to scholars and non-scholars lies in the fact that Venuti is not afraid to criticize academia for marginalizing translation because it does not consider translation to be a legitimate mode of textual transformation.."-Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, December 2002 "The fact is, this was a book that needed to be written...it hits the right target.."-"Classical and Modern Literature "The book is well put together, and the different topics treated in each chapter build on one another to give the reader a better overall picture of the author's thesis. The book's well-defined structure and index make the content available to researchers in related fields as well as to translators. A comprehensive, up-to-date viewpoint on diverse issues related to ethics in translation. Highly recommended for graduate students, faculty and professional translators."-"Choice, 4/99 ..."this book speaks to both scholars and students with its broadly accessible but never simplistic readings. ...a reasonable, deft, and often brilliant treatment of the problematic gender elements of these most masculinist works. ...it makes them more teachable, accomplishing and important aim of her critical practice."-"Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 1999

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Although the growth of the discipline called "translation studies" has been described as "a success story of the 1980s" (Bassnett and Lefevere 1992: xi), the study of the history and theory of translation remains a backwater in the academy. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scandals of Translation 26 Mar 2012
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I just met Mr.Venuti in Newcastle UK and I was astonished with his speech! He is such a great and accessible person...I love his books and his theories as he is a great theorist in translation studies! I strongly recommend Scandals of Translation! Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 19 Mar 2006
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This book is a break-through in the field of translation studies. Venuti is outspoken, theory-savvy but accessible. He takes an important step toward a more interdisciplinary approach to translation studies. He tackles a range of problems that haunt translation: copyright, global publishing politics, but most importantly, the hegemony of the communicative approach (he calls it, in my view unfairly, the "linguistics" approach) in translation studies. The book has a good balance of theory, politics, and analysis of concrete literary translations.

While I may not agree with everything Venuti has to say, I see his main contribution in opening up an important debate. For this reason, I gave the book a full score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical 4 July 2001
By E. Merino - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is extramly practical for all translators touching on subjects like copyrights and globalization. The relationship Author-Translator- Culture is thoroghly covered. My immediate sensation after finishing reading this book was to take action, and to help improve the status of a translator who is usually seen as secondary to author.
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