Patrons and professionals in the new age of Chinese–English translation

Authored by: Bai Liping

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Translation

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138938267
eBook ISBN: 9781315675725
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The issue of patronage has drawn the interests of scholars both in translation studies (e.g., Lefevere 1987, 1992a; Wang 2006; Lai 2007; Bai 2009; Lu 2015) and in other fields of humanities and social sciences (e.g., Kent et al. 1987; Chow 1992; Freedman 1994; Schmidt-Beste 2012; McCulloch 2014). It has different definitions in different fields of studies. For example, in the medieval church, patronage refers to the person who had the right to nominate a parish clergyman; in the field of political science, it may refer to ‘the power and the acknowledged right of a political authority to appoint people to positions of responsibility following its own opinion, preference or interest’ (Bogdanor 1991: 423).

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