Translation speaks to Susan Bassnett

by Siri Nergaard

Translation editor Siri Nergaard met with translation studies pioneer Susan Bassnett in Bologna (Italy) on one of the scholar’s frequent travels to the country where she studied and started her career as a scholar of comparative literature.
During this conversation Bassnett tells about her life in and around translation, speaks of the origins of her many publications (including the ground-breaking Translation Studies, first published in 1980 and now going into its 4th edition), and reflects on the close professional friendships from around the world that she has forged in pursuit of her transdisciplinary studies. Together, the scholar and editor explore the very nature of translation and speculate about where study of translation is heading. ‘Change comes from the margins’, Bassnett reminds us. Bassnett has implemented and witnessed many changes in her long, diverse, and still thriving career. Her history is in many ways the history of translation studies. The following is a transcript of the oral interview.



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