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The impact of English dominance on literature and welfare

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Mélitz, Jacques

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Abstract Market forces privilege the translation of English fiction and poetry into other languages, and thus pose a danger for the accumulation of capital in the form of literature. A variety of source languages in translations makes literary capital more valuable as such. Further, the importance of writing in English in order to reach a world audience lowers the pool of talent capable of contributing to literature. The paper starts with a model of the world publishing market that explains why the dominant language acquires a disproportionate share of translations. Then the reasoning proceeds from theory to the empirical evidence.
Classification Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics
Free Keywords Welfare; English dominance; Language; Externalities; Publishing; Translation
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 193-215
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 64 (2007) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)