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Systems and the Boundaries of Agency: Translation as a Site of Opposition

Asimakoulas, D (2011) Systems and the Boundaries of Agency: Translation as a Site of Opposition In: Translation and Opposition. Multilingual Matters Ltd, pp. 1-36. ISBN 1847694306

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This chapter starts off by analysing the oppositional frames of reference animated by a translated text used by a Greek broadsheet newspaper during the December 2008 riots in Athens: a skewed modern Greek translation of an excerpt from Isocrates’ Areopagiticus speech that decries the equation of real democracy to unlimited freedom/anarchy. Taking the contextual embeddedness of this short text as the point or departure, the chapter discusses how translators, interpreters and subtitlers as mediators have a pivotal role to play in identifying dividing lines between ‘us’ and cultural and political ‘others’. Dynamic groupings and (counteractive) regroupings of textual repertoires, of ideas, and of social groups thus map out three areas of investigation: ‘rewriting’, including the texts with the ideas or poetological values that characterise them and the institutions of patronage that allow patterns of action and value-formation to emerge; the active agency of translators, subtitlers and interpreters who may decide to align themselves with structures around them or oppose them; the interacting social fields involved, that is, the greater (often conflictive) social forces that provide a context for action, with distinct ‘stakes’, conditions, and gate-keeping rules.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Translation
Authors :
Asimakoulas, D
Editors :
Asimakoulas, D
Rogers, M
Date : 6 September 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Additional Information : This is a book chapter published as Asimakoulas D (2011). Systems and the Boundaries of Agency: Translation as a Site of Opposition. In Translation and Opposition. Editors: Asimakoulas D, Rogers M. 1-36. Multilingual Matters Ltd. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 22 Nov 2012 17:10
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:31

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