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Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:26

Audiovisual Translation: Dubbing

Frederic Chaume

Translation Practices Explained Volume 17

208 pages, 2012. ISBN 978-1-905763-91-7 (pbk), £30 (including postage and packing + DVD)

Audiovisual Translation: Dubbing is an introductory textbook that provides a solid overview of the world of dubbing and is fundamentally interactive in approach. A companion to Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling, it follows a similar structure and is accompanied by a DVD.

Based on first-hand experience in the field, the book combines translation practice with other related tasks – usually commissioned to dialogue writers and dubbing assistants – thus offering a complete introduction to the field of dubbing. It develops diversified skills, presents a broad picture of the industry, engages with the various controversies in the field, and challenges prevailing stereotypes. The individual chapters cover the map of dubbing in the world, the dubbing market and professional environment, text segmentation into takes or loops, lip-syncing, the challenge of emulating oral discourse, the semiotic nature of audiovisual texts, and specific audiovisual translation issues. The book further raises a number of research questions and looks at some of the unresolved challenges of this very specific form of translation. It includes graded exercises covering core skills that can be practised in class or at home, individually or collectively. The accompanying DVD contains sample film material in Dutch, English, French, Italian and Spanish, as well as a range of useful material related to professional practice.

Frederic Chaume is Professor of Audiovisual Translation at the Universitat Jaume I (Castelló, Spain), and Honorary Professor at Imperial College London. He is author of Doblatge i subtitulació per a la TV (Eumo, 2003), Cine y Traducción (Cátedra, 2004), and co-author of Teories Contemporànies de la Traducció (Bromera, 2010). For the past 24 years he has also been working as a professional translator for TV stations, dubbing and subtitling companies, and film distributors and producers.

A well-written, engaging and anxiously awaited book that will be regarded as a watershed in the field of dubbing. A truly multimedia project, this is a major contribution to both media studies and translation studies and will appeal to teachers and students, researchers and practitioners, specialist and general readers. A must-read, must-have book that unravels all the fascinating tricks behind dubbing. (Jorge Díaz Cintas, Imperial College London)

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