Introduction (from: Beyond the translator’s invisibility: critical reflections and new perspectives)

Freeth, Peter J. (2024) Introduction (from: Beyond the translator’s invisibility: critical reflections and new perspectives). In: Beyond the translator’s invisibility: critical reflections and new perspectives. Translation Interpreting and Transfer (8). Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 7-28. ISBN 9789462703988

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This is the Introduction from the edited volume "Beyond the translator's invisibility: Critical reflections and new perspectives", co-edited by Peter J Freeth and Rafael Treviño.

In this introduction, I argue that despite the oft-cited criticisms and limitations of Lawrence Venuti's conceptualisation of translator invisibility, it has become a core idea in translation studies due to the volume and variety of research stemming from Venuti's, as well as the continued prevalence of translator invisibility as an issue outside academia. However, I also argue that for (in)visibility to truly become a nuanced and operationalizable analytical tool, we must move away from seeing invisibility as an inherently negative status quo to instead understand the various visibilities of translators and translation. In putting forward this argument in favour of the plurality of (in)visibility, I use overviews of the diverse and interdisciplinary contributions from the volume to demonstrate the value of such approaches and introduce the book more generally.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The full book can be purchased from Leuven University Press:
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpreting studies, Literature, reception studies, social media research, sociology of translation, translator status, translator studies, translator (in)visibility
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
400 Language
400 Language > 490 Other languages
800 Literature & rhetoric > 890 Literatures of other languages
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Peter Freeth
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 15:23
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 11:41


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