Rhetoric is the oldest doctrine of language and the cradle of translation scholarship. This entry will explore this time-honoured bond by setting out the main reasons why translation scholars, teachers, and practitioners can benefit from a good knowledge of rhetoric – especially in its classical form. But before exploring these reasons, the opening sentence above must be specified under three important respects; i) how old is rhetoric exactly; ii) what did the phrase ‘doctrine of language’ mean in the distant past; and iii) in which sense rhetoric was the cradle of translation theory. The answers to these questions will open a clearing where rhetoric and Translation Studies can meet again today.
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Beeby Lonsdale, Allison
2003“Genre literacy and contrastive rhetoric in teaching inverse translation.” In La Direccionalidad en Traducción e Interpretación: Perspectivas Teóricas, Profesionales y Didácticas, Dorothy Kelly (eds), 155–166. Granada: Atrio. TSB
1998Contrastive Functional Analysis. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. BoP
Chico Rico, Francisco
2009“La traducción como ejercicio retórico y gramatical.” In New Chapters in the History of Rhetoric, Laurent Pernot (ed.), 53–72. Leiden: Brill.
Colina Garcea, Sonia
1997“Contrastive rhetoric and text-typological conventions in translation teaching.”Target 9 (2): 335–354. TSB
1996Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-Cultural Aspects of Second-Language Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. BoP
1991Rhetoric, Hermeneutics and Translation in the Middle Ages: Academic Traditions and Vernacular Texts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. TSB