Book review
Gertrudis Payàs & José Manuel Zavala, eds. La mediación lingüístico-cultural en tiempos de guerra: cruce de miradas desde España y América
Temuco: Universidad Católica de Temuco, 2012. 219 pp.
and
Icíar Alonso Araguás, Alba Páez Rodríguez & Mario Samaniego Sastre, eds. Traducción y representaciones del conflicto desde España y América: una perspectiva interdisciplinar
Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2015. 257 pp.

Reviewed by Jorge Jiménez-Bellver

Publication history
Table of contents

These collective volumes came out of two international conferences organized jointly by the research groups Frontera de Lenguas and Alfaqueque in Temuco, Chile, in 2010 and in Salamanca, Spain, in 2014. Both volumes generally address intercultural relations in the Spanish empire and their legacies today through the lens of power struggles. Because those relations required language brokering and, eventually, linguistic mediation proper, translators and interpreters feature as key actors in such struggles. Specifically, the contributors seek to challenge “the naïve ideal of a peaceful involvement of translators” (Salas 2012, 136) in situations of violent conflict that allegedly pervades the historiography of intercultural relations.

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