In Translation Changes Everything leading theorist Lawrence Venuti gathers fourteen of his incisive essays since 2000.

The selection sketches the trajectory of his thinking about translation while engaging with the main trends in research and commentary. The issues covered include basic concepts like equivalence, retranslation, and reader reception; sociological topics like the impact of translations in the academy and the global cultural economy; and philosophical problems such as the translator’s unconscious and translation ethics.

Every essay presents case studies that include Venuti’s own translation projects, illuminating the connections between theoretical concepts and verbal choices. The texts, drawn from a broad variety of languages, are both humanistic and pragmatic, encompassing such forms as poems and novels, religious and philosophical works, travel guidebooks and advertisements. The discussions all explore practical applications, whether writing, publishing, reviewing, teaching or studying translations.

Venuti’s aim is to conceive of translation as an interpretive act with far-reaching social effects, at once enabled and constrained by specific cultural situations.

This latest chapter in his developing work is essential reading for translators and students of translation alike.

chapter |10 pages


chapter |21 pages

Translation, Community, Utopia

chapter |25 pages

The Difference that Translation Makes

The translator's unconscious

chapter |23 pages

Translating Derrida on Translation

Relevance and disciplinary resistance

chapter |16 pages

Translating Jacopone da Todi

Archaic poetries and modern audiences

chapter |13 pages


The creation of value

chapter |7 pages

How to Read a Translation

chapter |25 pages

Local Contingencies

Translation and national identities

chapter |17 pages

Translation, Simulacra, Resistance

chapter |7 pages

Translations on the Book Market

chapter |8 pages

Teaching in Translation

chapter |16 pages

Translation Studies and World Literature

chapter |22 pages

Translation Trebled

Ernest Farrés's Edward Hopper in English

chapter |18 pages

Towards a Translation Culture