Gender and Language, Vol 7, No 1 (2013)

Talking translation: Is gender an issue?

Karen Korning Zethsen, Inger Askehave
Issued Date: 15 Feb 2013


It is a well-known fact that most translators are women and it is a fact which is often mentioned in translation discourse: translation is a so-called female occupation. But is this also a relevant fact and in which ways? In this article we aim to investigate how male and female translators talk about their occupation and whether gender is a relevant factor in how translators perceive their work. Our data consists of 18 narratives written by 9 male and 9 female non-literary professional translators who have been asked to write about their occupation as translators (in a semi-structured way). The data will be analysed and our findings structured by means of Greimas’ actantial model. A general conclusion is that whereas male and female translators choose to talk about the same themes they sometimes talk about them in different ways emphasising different aspects.

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DOI: 10.1558/genl.v7i1.117


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