Research publications

Members of BCT have written, edited and contributed to a large number of publications, including the titles below. For a full list of publications, please see the individual staff profiles on the members’ page.

Politeness and Audience Response in Chinese-English Subtitling

Xiaohui Yuan


Politeness and Audience Response in Chinese-English Subtitling Yuan XiaohuiThe book studies how politeness, and particularly face negotiation, is dealt with when subtitling between Chinese and English. Face negotiation refers to the process of managing relationships across different cultures through verbal and nonverbal interactions. This research specifically investigates how British and Chinese audiences respond to face management through a study focused on film subtitling and viewers’ reception and response.The book offers a survey of the developments in research on face management in Far East cultures and in the West. The author then presents a composite model of face management for analysing face interactions in selected Chinese and English film sequences as well as its representation in the corresponding subtitles. Support for the research is provided by audience response experiments conducted with six Chinese and six British subjects, using one-on-one interviews. The audience responses show that viewers who rely on subtitles gain a significantly different impression of the interlocutors’ personality, attitude and intentions than those of native audiences. The results also demonstrate that the nature of the power relations between interlocutors changes from the original to the subtitled version.


Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd edition

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd edition edited by Mona Baker and Gabriela SaldanhaEdited by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha

Gabriela Saldanha is currently working on the revised third edition of this Encyclopedia of Translation. The encyclopedia is a practical and unique resource in a single and accessible volume and is the first encyclopedia of translation studies ever to have been published. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of contributors from around the world, it offers a comprehensive overview of translation studies as an academic discipline. The contributors examine various forms of translation and interpreting as they are practised by professionals today, in addition to research topics, theoretical issues and the history of translation in various parts of the world.

With key terms defined and discussed in context, a full index, extensive cross-references, diagrams and a full bibliography the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies is an invaluable reference work for all students and teachers of translation, interpreting and literary theory.

Research Methodologies in Translation Studies

Research Methodologies in Translation Studies by Gabriela Saldanha and Sharon O'BrienGabriela Saldanha and Sharon O'Brien

As an interdisciplinary area of research, translation studies attracts students and scholars with a wide range of backgrounds, who then need to face the challenge of accounting for a complex object of enquiry that does not adapt itself well to traditional methods in other fields of investigation. This book addresses the needs of such scholars – whether they are students doing research at postgraduate level or more experienced researchers who want to familiarize themselves with methods outside their current field of expertise. The book promotes a discerning and critical approach to scholarly investigation by providing the reader not only with the know-how but also with insights into how new questions can be fruitfully explored through the coherent integration of different methods of research. Understanding core principles of reliability, validity and ethics is essential for any researcher no matter what methodology they adopt, and a whole chapter is therefore devoted to these issues.

Research Methodologies in Translation Studies is divided into four different chapters, according to whether the research focuses on the translation product, the process of translation, the participants involved or the context in which translation takes place. An introductory chapter discusses issues of reliability, credibility, validity and ethics. The impact of our research depends not only on its quality but also on successful dissemination, and the final chapter therefore deals with what is also generally the final stage of the research process: producing a research report.

Luise Gottsched, Der Lockenraub / Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock edited by Hilary BrownEdited by Hilary Brown

Luise Gottsched was one of the most prominent translators in eighteenth-century Germany, bringing her fellow-Germans into contact with many key writers, thinkers and scientists in the European republic of letters. Der Lockenraub(1744) was the first German verse translation of Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Lock(1714) and an impressive achievement at a time when English was still an exotic language in Germany and England largely a terra incognita. Gottsched’s translation not only helped to draw attention in Germany to one of Britain’s most venerated writers. It also represented a significant effort to challenge the dominance of the French in cultural life in Germany and to offer new models for the establishment of a national literary canon.

This volume makes Gottsched’s translation available in a modern critical edition for the first time. It includes the rich paratextual material – translator’s preface, footnotes and appendix – which accompanied the original edition and through which Gottsched sought to promote her cultural political agenda. The introduction outlines the circumstances which gave rise to this important text and discusses its influence on the development of mock-heroic poetry in Germany. The volume thus underlines the crucial role played by translation in shaping German culture during the Enlightenment.

Luise Gottsched the Translator

Hilary BrownLuise Gottsched the Translator by Hilary Brown

Critics have paid increasing attention to the oeuvre of Luise Gottsched (1713-62), Germany's first prominent woman of letters, but have neglected her lifelong work of translation, which encompassed over fifty volumes and an extraordinary range, from drama and poetry to philosophy, history, archeology, even theoretical physics. This first comprehensive overview of Gottsched's translations places them in the context of eighteenth-century intellectual, literary, and cultural history, showing that they were part of an ambitious, progressive program undertaken with her famous husband to shape German culture during the Enlightenment. In doing so it casts Gottsched and her work in an entirely new light. Including chapters on all the main subject areas and genres from which Gottsched translated, it also explores the relationship between her translations and her original works, demonstrating that translation was central to her oeuvre. A bibliography of Gottsched's translations and source texts concludes the volume. Not only a major new addition to a growing body of research on the Gottscheds, the book will also be valuable reading for scholars interested more broadly in women's writing, the history of translation, and the literature and culture of the German (and European) Enlightenment. 

Before Auschwitz: Irene Némirovsky and the Literary Landscape of Inter-war France

Before Auschwitz: Irene Némirovsky and the Literary Landscape of Inter-war France by Angela KershawAngela Kershaw

This book analyses Irene Némirovsky’s literary production in its relationship to the literary and cultural context of the inter-war period in France. It examines topics of central importance to our understanding of the literary field in France in the period, such as: the close relationship between politics and literature; the historical, political, cultural and personal legacies of the First World War; the so-called ‘crisis of the novel’ and the attempt to create and develop new narrative forms; the phenomenon of Russian emigration to Paris in the wake of the Russian Revolution and Civil War; the possibilities for the creation of a French-Jewish identity and mode of writing; and the threat of fascism and the approach of the Second World War.

Adapting Nineteenth-Century France

Adapting Nineteenth-Century France by Andrew Watts and Kate GriffinsAndrew Watts and Kate Griffiths

Adapting Nineteenth-Century Francedraws on six canonical novelists and the ways their works have been transformed in a variety of media to reconsider our approach to the study of adaptation. Kate Griffiths and Andrew Watts examine film, theater, television, radio, and print adaptations of the works of Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, and Verne, and, in doing so, cast new light on their source texts and on notions of originality and authorial borrowing. This volume will serve as an invaluable reference for students and scholars of both film and multimedia studies and French literature. 

The Old Latin Gospels. A Study of their Texts and Language

The Old Latin Gospels. A Study of their Texts and Language by Philip BurtonPhilip Burton

This book is the first overall study of the texts and language of the Old Latin Gospels, the versions of the four Gospels that predate the Vulgate of Jerome. In this book three main questions are addressed. Do the various extant manuscripts represent the remains of many originally separate versions, or local variants of a single main tradition? How do we analyse the translation techniques used to produce these texts? What do these translations tell us about the development of post-classical, non-literary Latin, and vice versa? Dr Burton approaches the issue of monogenesis versus polygenesis through a systematic analysis of the vocabulary of each individual Gospel. He reassess the traditional description of these Gospels as 'literal' and 'vulgar', examining the extent to which these terms are meaningful and applicable.