Book reviewTranslation: Theory and Practice. Tension and Interdependence Binghamton: State University of New York at Binghamton, 1991. 270 pp. ISBN 00890-4111 (American Translators Association Scholarly Monograph Series, V).
Reviewed by Anthony Pym
The relation between the theory and practice of translation has long been problematic. Introducing this volume of very uneven articles, Mildred L. Larson posits a complex connection between the two activities: "Good theory is based on [ p. 124 ]information gained from practice. Good practice is based on carefully workedout theory. The two are interdependent. Along with interdependence there is tension". In keeping with this perspective, the volume includes texts not just by theorists and practitioners, but also by theorists attentive to practice and practitioners engaging in theory. The result is an interesting and diverse sample that might tell us something about the current state of the problem.