Translation in the Public Sphere

  • Sergey Tyulenev

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 123-138

About this book


This book brings together the study of translation with public sphere theory, in order to discuss social communication as it really happens. Through illuminating examples and case studies, translation is shown to be a mediating mechanism in all public debate conducted both within one society and between societies. The author offers a detailed discussion of the kinds of translation most relevant to public sphere communication and their properties. Throughout, he argues persuasively that it is impossible to study the public sphere without taking account of translation in it, and that the interaction between the public as a collective inevitably involves translation. Further, the author suggests new methodological approaches to studying not only translation in the public sphere but public debate itself as a kind of translation. Building on the achievements of both the public sphere scholarship and Translation Studies, this work fills a significant lacuna in existing literature and will set the agenda for future studies at the intersection of the two. It will provide an invaluable resource for scholars and students of the public sphere and translation, as well as academics in the broader fields of sociology, political science and communication.

Sergey Tyulenev is Associate Professor and Director of the MA in Translation Studies at Durham University, UK. He has widely published on linguistic, cultural and social aspects of translation. His recent publications include Applying Luhmann to Translation Studies(2011), Translation and the Westernization of Eighteenth-Century Russia (2012) and Translation and Society (2014). 


public sphere theory Jürgen Habermas communicative ecology negotiation and compromise kinetic translation intralingual translation interlingual translation intersemiotic translation communicative action Europeanization Russia public debate Intersocietal communication Roman Jakobson Public opinion J. M. Coetzee

Authors and affiliations

  • Sergey Tyulenev
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  1. 1.School of Modern Languages and CulturesDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

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