A missing link in Itamar Even-Zohar's theoretical thinking
Target : International Journal of Translation Studies
John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Acceptability, Adequacy, Centre, Cohesion, Culture repertoire, Periphery, Polysystem, Resistance, Translated literature
According to Itamar Even-Zohar, for a large social entity to be maintained, a culture repertoire must be invented to create internal cohesion and external differentiation, and from this repertoire certain items are chosen to build a collective identity. In contrast, imported items, if regarded as threats to this identity, may meet with resistance. This theory may shed light on Even-Zohar's hypotheses that the "normal" position assumed by translated literature in the literary polysystem tends to be a peripheral one, and that translation tends towards acceptability when it is at the periphery.
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Chang, N. F. (2008). A missing link in Itamar Even-Zohar's theoretical thinking. Target, 20(1), 135-149. doi: 10.1075/target.20.1.08cha