Polysystem theory and translation

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Polysystem theory was developed in the early 1970s by Itamar Even-Zohar, an Israeli scholar, for the study of language, literature and translation, and in his later writings it expanded into a general theory of culture.

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Chang, Nam Fung
2000“Towards a macro-polysystem hypothesis.” Perspectives: Studies in Translatology 8 (2): 109–123 DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar
2001“Polysystem theory: Its prospect as a framework for translation research.” Target 13 (2): 317–332 DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar
Even-Zohar, Itamar
1979“Polysystem theory.” Poetics Today 1 (1–2): 287–310 DOI logoGoogle Scholar
1990Polysystem Studies. Durham: Duke University Press. Special issue of Poetics Today 11 (1).  TSBGoogle Scholar
Hermans, Theo
1996“Norms and the determination of translation: A theoretical framework.” In Translation, Power, Subversion, Román Álvarez & M. Carmen-África Vidal (eds), 25–51. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.  BoPGoogle Scholar
1999Translation in Systems: Descriptive and System-oriented Approaches Explained. Manchester: St. Jerome.  TSBGoogle Scholar
Huang, Dexian
2006“Duoyuanxitonglun shiyi: Zuohaer fangtan lu.” (Clarifications on polysystem theory: Interview with Even-Zohar) Chinese Translators Journal 3: 57–60.Google Scholar
Toury, Gideon
1995Descriptive Translation Studies and Beyond. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins DOI logo  BoPGoogle Scholar
Tymoczko, Maria
2000“Translation and political engagement: Activism, social change and the role of translation in geopolitical shifts.” The Translator 6 (1): 23–47 DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar
Wang, Dongfeng
2008“When a turning occurs: Counter-evidence to polysystem hypothesis.” In Translation, Globalisation and Localisation: A Chinese Perspective, Wang Ning & Sun Yifeng (eds), 140–154. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.  TSBGoogle Scholar

Further reading

Chang, Nam Fung
in press. “In Defence of Polysystem Theory”. Target 23 (2). DOI logo  TSB