Narratives and contextual frames

Sue-Ann Harding
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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The use of narrative beyond the field of literature and poetics, both as a source of data and a tool for academic investigation, has steadily gained ground throughout the twentieth century, and is now firmly established in a range of academic disciplines in the humanities and sciences, with several academic readers, collected volumes, journals, conferences and university research projects, networks and centres dedicated to the subject. This conceptual shift has only relatively recently made its way into Translation and Interpreting Studies, where scholars working with literature and fictional forms, including poetry, drama, song and cinematic subtitling, have tended to remain focused on literary concepts of narrative construction. Work on socially-situated and politicized interpreting, which highlights the crucial role of narrative in establishing the credibility and institutional-acceptability of asylum seekers, might be said to be the first wave of scholarship in interpreting studies that drew on social, psychological and communication theories of narrative. Nevertheless, scholars, such as Robert Barsky working with refugees in Canada, Jan Blommaert and Katrijn Maryns working with analogous populations in Belgium and Marco Jacquemet in Mediterranean Europe, came to the subject from communication studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, Discourse analysis and ethnography rather than Translation and Interpreting Studies.

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