Cultural Representation Through Translation: an Insider-Outsider Perspective on the Translation of Tourism Promotional Discourse


  • Mirella Agorni Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia



Intercultural communication, and particularly tourism translation, means making the cultural values of a given destination accessible to an audience that is not familiar with them. The purpose of tourism information is in fact to negotiate the encounter with the Other, a negotiation involving different stakeholders, the main ones being, on the one hand, translators and intercultural mediators and, on the other, international tourists. In the attempt to provide accessibility to international visitors, qualified as Outsiders, cultural identities will have to be mediated. Translators and intercultural mediators with different degrees of expertise in the field of tourism set themselves the task of translating the foreign into discourse, so as to produce a sense of otherness that will be recognised as different from the familiar. However, this process is extremely delicate, as it undergoes sophisticated stages of linguistic and intercultural transformations. Translators will have to find a balance between an adaptive, naturalising strategy of translation, which makes the foreign destination accessible to Outsiders, and the necessity to maintain a certain authenticity flavour (MacCannell 1976), because cultural diversity, rather than identity, is at the basis of the tourist offer. Translators and mediators will also have to find ways to stimulate the visitors’ curiosity and capture their attention. To this end, translation strategies that go beyond lingua-cultural transfer processes will be discussed, with special attention to models specifically derived from the field of Tourism Studies


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Biografia autore

Mirella Agorni, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia

Mirella Agorni is Associate Professor at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She has published extensively on translation history, didactics as well as on tourism discourse as ESP. Her main publications include: Translating Italy for the Eighteenth Century (Routledge 2014 [2002]); La traduzione: teorie e metodologie a confronto (Led 2005); Prospettive linguistiche e traduttologiche negli studi sul turismo (FrancoAngeli 2012). She is author of the entry on “Localism” in Gambier and D’hulst, A History of Modern Translation Knowledge (John Benjamins 2018).




Come citare

Agorni, Mirella. 2018. «Cultural Representation Through Translation: An Insider-Outsider Perspective on the Translation of Tourism Promotional Discourse». Altre Modernità, n. 20 (novembre):253-75.



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