Voice in retranslation: An overview and some trends

Cecilia Alvstad and Alexandra Assis Rosa

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This special issue combines the topics of voice and retranslation. The underlying rationale is that the study of voice can enhance our understanding of retranslation, and vice versa. Although scattered studies have appeared over the last twenty years, neither of these topics has been properly theorized in Translation Studies. Remarkably, the two have seldom been explicitly combined. This is curious since both diachronically and synchronically produced retranslations are a particularly fertile ground for the study of voice. The web of voices that are present in retranslations is quite complex. A retranslation may bear witness not only to a relation to the source text(s) and paratext(s), but also to previous translations and their paratexts. A retranslation is a text in which the voices of a multiplicity of agents may surface, but these other voices are always moulded by its retranslator. In order to contextualize the joint study of voice and retranslation, this introduction provides an overview of both areas and then introduces the articles of this special issue.

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