The Palgrave Handbook of Literary Translation

  • Jean Boase-Beier
  • Lina Fisher
  • Hiroko Furukawa

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting book series (PTTI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Jean Boase-Beier, Lina Fisher, Hiroko Furukawa
    Pages 1-18
  3. Literary Translation and Style

  4. The Author-Translator-Reader Relationship

  5. Literary Translation and Identity

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 543-551

About this book


‘This exceptionally rich set of case studies presents an account of literary translation as it deserves to be seen, combining the contemporary researcher’s awareness of geopolitical and methodological issues with the creative practitioner’s eye for detail and nuance to give the whole an inspirational sense of immediacy.’
Theo Hermans, University College London, UK

This Handbook offers a comprehensive and engaging overview of contemporary issues in Literary Translation research through in-depth investigations of actual case studies of particular works, authors or translators. Leading researchers from across the globe discuss best practice, problems, and possibilities in the translation of poetry, novels, memoir and theatre. 

Divided into three sections, these illuminating analyses also address broad themes including translation style, the author-translator-reader relationship, and relationships between national identity and literary translation. The case studies are drawn from languages and language varieties, such as Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Nigerian English, Russian, Spanish, Scottish English and Turkish. The editors provide thorough introductory and concluding chapters, which highlight the value of case study research, and explore in detail the importance of the theory-practice link. 

Covering a wide range of topics, perspectives, methods, languages and geographies, this handbook will provide a valuable resource for researchers not only in Translation Studies, but also in the related fields of Linguistics, Languages and Cultural Studies, Stylistics, Comparative Literature or Literary Studies.

Jean Boase-Beier is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Translation at the University of East Anglia, UK. She writes on translation theory and the translation of poetry, and is a translator from German. 

Lina Fisher has taught Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia and Translation Studies at the University of Hull, UK. Her research interest is the intersection of gender, style and translation.

Hiroko Furukawa is Associate Professor of Literary Translation at Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan. Her main research interests are Literary Translation, and language and gender ideology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Boase-Beier
    • 1
  • Lina Fisher
    • 2
  • Hiroko Furukawa
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Literature, Drama and Creative WritingUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Independent ScholarNorwichUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of EnglishTohoku Gakuin UniversitySendaiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75752-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75753-7
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