Book reviewBeyond Descriptive Translation Studies. Investigations in homage to Gideon Toury Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007. xii + 417 pp. ISBN 978-90-272-1684-7 110 € 149 USD (Benjamins Translation Library, 75).
Reviewed by Moira Inghilleri
Table of contents
The collection of articles in this volume pays tribute to the foundational contribution of Gideon Toury to Translation Studies. The volume comprises twenty-seven chapters and an interview with Toury conducted by Daniel Simeoni in 2003. The ‘beyond’ in the title refers to Toury’s book, Descriptive Translation Studies and beyond. Published in 1995, the book inspired a major paradigm shift toward an inter-disciplinary descriptive and analytical approach to research in the field. The richness in scope of Descriptive Translation Studies makes it a challenge to represent the discipline as an organic whole, or even to identify sub-disciplines within it comprising distinct theoretical or methodological approaches to research. Perhaps for this reason, the editors have eschewed organizing the chapters under differently titled subsections, though the ordering appears to reflect shared or overlapping themes. For the purpose of creating a passing strategy with which to deal with the issue of order within this volume, the following sketch may serve as one possible guide to engaging with its content.