Book review
Séverine Hubscher-Davidson. Translation and Emotion: A Psychological Perspective
(Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies 28). New York: Routledge, 2017. xiii, 235 pp.

Reviewed by Mikołaj Deckert

Publication history
Table of contents

If we consider Séverine Hubscher-Davidson’s book Translation and Emotion very broadly, its starting point, which is then richly supported, is that translators do not merely engage in rational computation that results in a source text being rendered in the form of a target text. Rather, as the author sets out to demonstrate, translators act under the influence of a myriad of factors. Another important assumption that receives ample empirical support in the volume is that it can be misleading to talk about ‘translators’ in the first place. As is convincingly argued, unreflectively talking about translators as a homogenous group that can be investigated globally without finer differentiations can often lead to an oversimplification since individual translators will differ along a range of parameters. One conglomerate of such parameters centres on emotion.

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