Imagetext and ekphrasis as chances of revival in translation studies

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Translation Studies has crossed a tumultuous interval of theorization. But has it passed the linguistic limits instituted by a semiotician like Umberto Eco? Wouldn’t be the time to access more courageously the intersemiotic interregnum with its heterogeneous transfer of signs? As it happens in advertising, concrete poetry, tattoos, and stage or filmed version of famous texts? If we have gradually accepted that in the postcolonial and cross-cultural epoch what matters is not consensus, but negotiation and understanding, if we assimilated the postmodern lesson about Grand Narratives (J–F. Lyotard) and the subjectivity of recorded history, then we have to question ourselves about the role of translation and translators in a post-industrial society which blends globalized edutainment and corporatist efficiency, prejudice, reverse colonialism and anti-establishment movements. What type of equivalence are we supposed to choose in order to persuade today? The ekphrastic approach of translations may be better tuned to out gadgetized and image-informed epoch.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • concrete poetry, Ekphrasis, graffiti, intersemiosis, imagetext
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)35-58
Number of pages23
JournalMetacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 12
Publication categoryResearch

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