Self-Translation and Power

Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contexts

  • Olga Castro
  • Sergi Mainer
  • Svetlana Page

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Olga Castro, Sergi Mainer, Svetlana Page
    Pages 1-22
  3. Hegemony and Resistance

  4. Self-Minorisation and Self-Censorship

  5. Collaboration, Hybridisation and Invisibility

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-302

About this book


This book investigates the political, social, cultural and economic implications of self-translation in multilingual spaces in Europe. Engaging with the power turn in translation studies contexts, it offers innovative perspectives on the role of self-translators as cultural and ideological mediators. The authors explore the unequal power relations and centre-periphery dichotomies of Europe’s minorised languages, literatures and cultures. They recognise that the self-translator’s double affiliation as author and translator places them in a privileged position to challenge power, to negotiate the experiences of the subaltern and colonised, and to scrutinize conflicting minorised vs. hegemonic cultural identities. Three are the main themes explored in relation to self-translation: hegemony and resistance; self-minorisation and self-censorship; and collaboration, hybridisation and invisibility. This edited collection will appeal to scholars and students working on translation, transnational and postcolonial studies, and multilingual and multicultural identities. 


Europe history literature multilingualism translation minority languages poetry in translation language and literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Castro
    • 1
  • Sergi Mainer
    • 2
  • Svetlana Page
    • 3
  1. 1.Aston UniversityBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50780-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50781-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site