Global translation history
Some theoretical and methodological insights
This paper aims to offer theoretical and methodological insights on global approaches applied to literary translation history. I claim that the impact of the global has not been sufficiently addressed in translation studies and that we need to define the global as a necessary condition for new and more inclusive translation histories. The paper reviews the main theoretical perspectives accounting for the study of literary translation history within a sociological approach, including the problems and pitfalls of previous approaches, while presenting a more encompassing conceptual model for the study of global translation flows in an entangled world society. I focus on the entanglements between translation and global history, sociological and globalization theories, as well as digital methods. The paper deals with the analysis of translation flows through the lens of five fundamental concepts: space, time, scale, connectivity, and agency.
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- 2.Towards a global translation history(ies): Definition, problems and challenges