Translation and music: Changing perspectives, frameworks and significance

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Abstract

Until quite recently, research on translation and music has been rather neglected within translation studies, despite the vital role that music plays in the day-to-day lives of individuals and the development, cohesion and organization of societies. The reasons behind this peripheral disciplinary position are explored and a critical examination of recent research on the topic is offered.
Translation and music is shown to be a fascinating area to explore, not only for specialized translators/scholars but also for researchers in translation studies, cultural studies, media studies and musicology. By investigating the role played by translation in the context of musical performances, we can enrich our understanding of what forms translation can take and how it may relate
to other forms of expression. The article concludes by suggesting future avenues of research and theoretical frameworks, especially favouring the use of a descriptive and systemic approach to both micro- and macro-level investigations in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-200
JournalTranslator: Studies in Intercultural Communication
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • genres
  • multidisciplinarity
  • music
  • research themes

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