AUC Philologica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Philologica) is an academic journal published by Charles University. It publishes scholarly articles in a large number of disciplines (English, German, Greek and Latin, Oriental, Romance and Slavonic studies, as well as in phonetics and translation studies), both on linguistic and on literary and cultural topics. Apart from articles it publishes reviews of new academic books or special issues of academic journals.

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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2015 No 3 (2015), 61–72

Investigating interventionist interpreting via Mikhail Bakhtin

Elisabeth Gibbels, Jo Schmitz

announced: 10. 03. 2016


The paper presents assertive queer-feminist strategies in simultaneous interpretation and argues that these are not only feasible but compliant with basic tenets of Structuralism. In particular, I will use three aspects from Mikhail Bakhtin’s work: firstly, organic versus intentional language change (hybridity), secondly, the concept of the act as an answerable, participatory action (“postupok”), and thirdly, the idea of a distant addressee with presumed absolute and responsive understanding (the loophole reader). These concepts will be read against work in translation studies on decision processes (Jiri Levy, Justa Holz-Mänttäri, Cecilia Wadensjö). The paper suggests that while translators’ decisions are influenced by norms, habitus and other factors, they are autonomous at the moment of action. The call for empowerment becomes a call for responsible agency.

keywords: Interpreters’ agency; interpreting as intervention; queer-feminist interpreting strategies; postupok – heteroglossia – the omniscient reader (Bakhtin)

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ISSN: 0567-8269
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