Interview with Susan Bassnett

Siri Nergaard met Susan Bassnett in Bologna, on one of her frequent travels to the country where she studied and started her career as scholar. During this conversation Susan Bassnett tells about her life in and around translation, focusing on some of her several publications on the theme. Her history is in many ways the history of translation studies.



Siri Nergaard met Susan Bassnett in Bologna, on one of her frequent travels to the country where she studied and started her career as scholar.
During this conversation Susan Bassnett tells about her life in and around translation, focusing on some of her several publications on the theme. Her history is in many ways the history of translation studies.

Early Life Experiences; First Publications - Translation Studies (1980), Translation, History, Culture (1990)

Translation Studies as a ‘Discipline’; The Cultural Turn; Impact of Global Changes and Centrality of Translation

Broadening Definitions: Text, Original, Translation 

Translation as an intersecting category; The future of Translation Studies



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