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The Translator- Centered Multidisciplinary Construction

Douglas Robinson’s Translation Theories Explored

Lin Zhu

This book embraces the epistemological and methodological issues of theoretical construction in the field of Translation Studies from a historical and global perspective. The theoretical stances are explained in detail through a systemic inquiry into the constructive aspects of theoretical innovation of the American translation theorist Douglas Robinson. In order to renew and promote theoretical thinking in the field of Translation Studies, this book aims to reflect on existing theoretical problems in translation, trace the translation theorist’s innovative and constructive ways of thinking about translation theory, and explore productive philosophical and theoretical resources of translation studies. This book will not only be helpful to a further and full understanding of Robinson’s thoughts on translation, but also offers a rethinking of how to advance Translation Studies epistemologically and methodologically.

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Contents List of Figures and Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Foreword by Douglas Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 1 Introduction: Robinson, Translation, and Translation Studies . . . 23 1.1 Translation Studies: State of the Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 1.2 Robinson’s Research and Translation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 1.2.1 Robinson’s Academic Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 1.2.2 Robinson’s Translation Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 1.2.3 Robinson’s Research on Translation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 1.3 Literature Review on the Studies of Robinson’s Translation Theories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 1.3.1 The Studies of Robinson’s Translation Theories in China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 1.3.2 The Studies of Robinson’s Translation Theories in the West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 1.4 A Map of the Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Part I Exploring Multidisciplinary Resources of Robinson’s Translation Studies 2 The Ideological Impetus to Robinson’s Theoretical Innovation: Deconstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 2.1 The Constructiveness of Deconstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 2.1.1 Insightful Philosophical Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 2.1.2 The New Ways of Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 2.1.3 The Effective Strategies of Critical Analysis . . . . . . 61 62.2 Deconstruction and Translation Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 2.2.1 The Innovative Contribution of Deconstruction to Translation Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 2.2.2 The Misreading of Deconstruction in Translation Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 2.3 Deconstruction and Robinson’s Theoretical Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 2.3.1 Deconstruction as an Ideological Impetus to Robinson’s Theoretical Innovation . . . . . . . . . . . 73 2.3.2 Robinson’s Social-Constructivist Construction beyond Deconstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 3 The Solid Ground of Robinson’s Theoretical Construction: Pluralistic Philosophical Approaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 3.1 Multicomponent Epistemology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 3.2 Pluralistic Philosophical Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 3.2.1 Phenomenological Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 3.2.2 Hermeneutical Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 3.2.3 Rhetorical Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 3.3 Postrationalist View of Rationality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 3.4 Social-Constructivist Views of Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 3.4.1 The Somatic View of Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 3.4.2 The Performative View of Language . . . . . . . . . . . 110 4 The Rich...

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