[New Publication] Towards a Feminist Translator Studies: Intersectional Activism in Translation and Publishing

By Helen Vassallo

Copyright Year 2023

Book Description
This pioneering work advocates for a shift toward inclusivity in the UK translated literature landscape, investigating and challenging unconscious bias around women in translation and building on existing research highlighting the role of translators as activists and agents and the possibilities for these new theoretical models to contribute to meaningful industry change.

The book sets out the context for the new subdiscipline of feminist translator studies, positing this as an essential mechanism to work towards diversity in the translated literature sector of the publishing industry. In a series of five case studies that each exemplify a key component of the feminist translator studies “toolkit”, Vassallo draws on exclusive interviews with a range of activist translators and publishers, setting these in dialogue with contemporary perspectives on feminism and translation to propose a new agent-based model of feminist translation practice. In synthesising these perspectives, Vassallo makes a powerful argument for questioning existing structures in the translated literature publishing system which perpetuate bias and connects these conversations to wider social movements towards promoting demonstrable change in the industry.

This book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of translation studies and publishing, as well as for the various agents involved in promoting translated literature in the UK and beyond.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Towards a Feminist Translator Studies

Chapter 1: Action. Committing to gender activism with And Other Stories

Chapter 2: Representation. Re-negotiating cultural encounters with Charco Press

Chapter 3: Responsibility. Publishing against the “proven formula” with Comma Press

Chapter 4: Risk: Shifting power dynamics with Fitzcarraldo Editions

Chapter 5: Hospitality: Publishing against the mainstream with Tilted Axis Press

Conclusion: Publishing Beyond Bias? From resistance to resilience