Translating Gender

Angelika Eva Kapeller
2019 unpublished
Translation is never a neutral act, but is to a large extend determined by power, norms and values. Translators can have an impact on social discourse by deciding how to translate texts. Therefore, it is crucial to be aware of this power. Additionally, power creates gender identity and determines how gender is perceived by society. Translators can choose to reproduce exist-ing gender norms or willingly contribute to a change in values through their work. This paper deals with the representation
more » ... of gender identity in autobiographies by trans people and analyses how they are translated in order to determine the influence translators have on the production and reproduction of gender norms. It becomes clear that gender as a social construct has a strong impact on the lives and personalities of individuals. Translators are largely involved in the con-struction of gender. Through their decision making, translators of autobiographies by trans peo-ple contributed to the fact that aspects of their lives were concealed, and additional personality traits were attributed or reproduced in a different way.
doi:10.25365/thesis.61017 fatcat:2ceeug7dqjh6lbmxufgoghmdam