Censorship

Denise Merkle

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The subfield of censorship and translation explores extreme manifestations of the influence of ideology on translations. Consequently, its investigation “takes us into some of the most important ideological aspects of Translation Studies” (Tymoczko, in Ni Chuilleanáin etal. 2009: 45). Censorship has been justified on aesthetic, moral, political, military and religious grounds, and considered from, among other viewpoints, the network of agents involved in the transfer process, translatorial agency, the ethics of translation, the relationship between rewriting (creativity) and translation. It is not always a product of polarized binary situations where innocent translators are pitted against repressive regimes in the translation process. Although censorship has traditionally been considered coercive and repressive, with oppressors and victims, twenty-first century research on censorship and translation is broadening our understanding of this complex phenomenon.

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