Publication details [#5547]

Brownlie, Siobhan. 2003. Distinguishing some approaches to translation research. The Translator 9 (1) : 39–64.
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Article in jnl/bk
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The paper first defines what can be called a 'critical descriptive approach', a more nuanced descriptive approach than early descriptivism in translation research. The distinctions between a 'critical descriptive approach' and 'committed approaches' (post-colonial, cultural-materialist, and feminist) are discussed. The main issue that is investigated is interpretative constraints. Taking examples of various studies, the paper shows that at a fundamental level all approaches constrain interpretation in a similar way. A further comparison of two studies indicates that interpretative constraints are not necessarily greater in a committed approach. The final issue considered is whether the critical descriptive approach has a special role to play as the "critical conscience of translation studies" (Hermans 1999:161)
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