Douglas Robinson’s Translation Theories Explored
4. The Rich Sources of Robinson’s Theoretical Innovation:Multidisciplinary Theories 117
117 CHAPTER 4 The Rich Sources of Robinson’s Theoretical Innovation: Multidisciplinary Theories Robinson’s theoretical construction is not just grounded in his pluralis- tic philosophical approaches; it is also built on his strategic employ- ment and reformulation of multidisciplinary theoretical sources.89 He developed his translation theories across a fairly wide multidisciplinary spectrum, including (postmodern) critical theories, (performative) lin- guistics, the somatic theory, church history, psychoanalysis, philoso- phy, literature, and social economics. His multidisciplinary approaches to translation research can be detected in his theoretical elaboration. Despite such a wide range of sources in Robinson’s theoretical innova- tion, this chapter, with the aim of offering theoretical resources for ad- vancing translation studies, will make a detailed explication of the three major branches of them – postmodern critical theory as theoretical and ideological inspiration, performative linguistics as a newly developed linguistic methodology, and somatics as a new humanistic paradigm – describing their history, revealing their theoretical foci, and explaining their roles in Robinson’s theoretical construction. 4.1 Postmodern Critical Theory Critical theory is the examination and critique of society and culture, drawing from knowledge across social sciences and the humanities. The term has two quite different meanings with different origins and histo- 89 Robinson’s employment of the multidisciplinary approach can be seen in his develop- ment of somatics and the performative linguistics in this chapter, and in the interpreta- tion of Robinson’s translator-centered theoretical models in Chapter 5. The argumen- tation on Robinson’s multidisciplinary consciousness can be seen in Chapter 6 (6.3). 118 ries, one originating in...
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