The Name and Nature of Translator Studies


Andrew Chesterman   [Hermes 42, 13-22.]





A number of recent research tendencies in Translation Studies focus explicitly on the translator in some way, rather than on translations as texts. These trends might be grouped under the term ŇTranslator StudiesÓ. The article argues that this new focus is inadequately represented in HolmesŐ classic map. Evidence of the recent trends is found especially in translation sociology, but also in translation history and in research into the translator's decision-making processes. A broad outline of Translator Studies would cover sociology, culture and cognition, all looking at the translatorŐs agency, in different ways.


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