The psychological impacts of narratives: insights for translation research

Walkington, Zoë (2023). The psychological impacts of narratives: insights for translation research. In: Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine and Lehr, Caroline eds. The Psychology of Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 81–98.



This chapter aims to formulate some areas of convergence between psychology and translation studies regarding the potential psychological impacts of narratives on those working in translation. First, the chapter will consider how narratives are defined, before outlining some of the functions of narratives, drawing on psychological research. Then, the ways in which narratives may help us understand ourselves and understand others will be discussed, and the chapter will shed light on how narratives may help us achieve particular aspects of identity work in our interactions. Consideration will also be given to the research which has looked at the psychological impacts of fictional versus nonfictional narratives.

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