Translation, Twitter, and the 3 July 2013 military intervention in Egypt

Authored by: Neil Sadler

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Translation

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138958043
eBook ISBN: 9781315661346
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This chapter explores translation practices in the context of the 3 July 2013 military intervention in Egypt in terms of linguistic, narrative, and affective translation. It argues that bilingual Twitter users adopted a wide variety of approaches to translating both their own tweets and those of others; that narrative translation was effectively impossible due to the fragmented nature of narrative during this period; and that a significant subset of tweets were oriented towards conveying the affective, bodily aspect of the period, rather than linguistically mediated meaning.

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