Pandemonium: A Review Essay of Douglas J. Robinson, Who Translates? Translator Subjectivities beyond Reason

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Pandemonium: A Review Essay of Douglas J. Robinson, Who Translates? Translator Subjectivities beyond Reason

Author Daryl R. Hague

In 1975, Cambridge's George Steiner published After Babel. That book, now in its third edition, is considered a classic for several reasons. For translation scholars, however, After Babel's principal contribution is that it legitimized translation studies as a discrete academic field rather than as a mere appendage to comparative literature, linguistics, or language works. Shortly after Steiner's work was published, two other influential works on translation appeared: Louis Kelly's The True Interpreter (1979) and Susan Bassnett-McGuire's Translation Studies (1980). Together, these three works provided a historical and theoretical foundation on which translation scholars could build.