Review articleDiscourses on TranslationRecent, Less Recent and to ComeTranslation as Text Kent, Ohio and London: The Kent State University Press, 1992. 184 pp. ISBN 0-87338-469-5 $27.00 (Translation Studies, I). , . The Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1993. x + 302 pp. ISBN 0-300-05189-1 $25.00and. The Translator's Turn Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 318 pp. ISBN 0-8018-4047-3 $29.00.
The University of Texas, Austin
Like many emerging disciplines, translation studies suffers from at least two childhood diseases: one is that of always re-inventing the wheel, and the other, concomitant with the first, is that of not reading what other people have written, either in the name of (sometimes proud) insularity, or else because one does not even suspect that what they have written might constitue any important contribution to the field. Add to this that many books on translation still claim, with predictable regularity, to be the first ever to [ p. 230 ]address whatever it is they address. They are aided and abetted in this by the third childhood disease besetting translation studies, namely that of ignoring its own history. This deplorable fact explains why books that would have fit the intellectual climate thirty years ago continue to be published today.