"How do I apply narrative theory?": Socio-narrative theory in translation studies

Sue Ann Harding*

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Since the publication of Translation and Conflict: A Narrative Account (Baker 2006), there has been a growing interest in applying socio-narrative theory to Translation Studies, with Baker's ideas extended and applied to several different areas of inquiry. This article gives a brief overview of these projects, and discusses in more depth the example of my own application and development of narrative theory. This includes a revised typology of narratives, the combination of narratological and sociological approaches, an intratextual model of analysis, and a new emphasis on the importance of narrators and temporary narrators in the (re)configuration of narratives. The article ends with a brief discussion on further topics within Translation and Interpreting Studies to which narrative theory might be applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-309
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Beslan
  • Narrator(s)
  • News reporting
  • Online media
  • Research methodology
  • Russia
  • Russian/English
  • Socio-narrative theory
  • Textual analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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