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Publishing ‘paper bullets’: Politics, propaganda, and Polish-English translation in wartime London

Rzepa, Joanna (2019) 'Publishing ‘paper bullets’: Politics, propaganda, and Polish-English translation in wartime London.' Comparative Critical Studies, 16 (2-3). pp. 217-235. ISSN 1744-1854

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During World War 2, publishing was an important element of the war effort for both the Allies and the Axis powers. Wartime propaganda and cultural diplomacy relied primarily on books, magazines and the daily press. The exiled governments in London, including the Polish government, undertook a major effort to translate, publish and promote numerous books and pamphlets that would appeal to British readers and, thus, help sway public opinion. This paper focuses on translation as an important aspect of wartime publishing that has not yet received much scholarly attention. It offers a contribution to research into the role and place of translations in wartime publishing by discussing the Polish government-in-exile’s translation and publishing campaign. Drawing on various archival sources, it demonstrates that publishing translations was an important part of wartime cultural diplomacy and it led to the development of extensive state-private networks that brought together exiled governments and British publishers. By analysing this material in a broad cultural context, the paper highlights the historical, ideological and political relevance of translation studies research to wartime publishing and censorship.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in Comparative Critical Studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: translation and World War 2, wartime publishing, Polish government-in-exile, wartime propaganda, cultural diplomacy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 16:23
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:57

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