Link to Source Text: https://www.publico.es/sociedad/8m2021-feminismo-punto-mira-8m-marcado-pandemia-crispacion.html

Source Text analysis:

My chosen source text (ST) is an article published in Publíco, an online Spanish newspaper, whose headquarters are in Madrid. It is one of two left-wing newspapers in Spain. The main left -wing political parties in Spain are Podemos and PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español). These two parties are now in a left-wing coalition government, this is the first arrangement of this type in Spain since the end of Franco’s reign. The main right -wing political parties in Spain are Partido Popular (People’s party) and VOX, a far-right party.

The piece was written by Marisa Kohan, a journalist interested in feminism, social justice and human rights. Many of her articles are about gender equality, feminism, violence and mothers’ stories. I have added links to some of these under ‘resources’. The article focuses on the social and political tensions surrounding International Women’s Day 2021 (8th March) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A supporter of feminism, Kohan pointed the finger at right-wing politicians, like Isabel Ayuso, who stood against demonstrations taking place this year. Ayuso was mentioned frequently in this article, she is a member of Partido Popular.

 The article was written on 1st March 2021 in the lead up to this year’s International Women’s Day. It is found under a section of the online newspaper titled ‘mujer’, which includes a variety of texts with ‘women’ as their focus, they discuss the LGBT community, sexual violence, female politicians.

To determine the text type I reflected on Katerina Reiss’ ‘Translation – Focused Text Typology’ (2002). I concluded that this article is‘content-focused’, it is an informative text. However, I believe it is also moderately operative because it takes a left-wing stance, highlighting the right-wing responses to International Women’s Day 2020, ‘el día de la mujer contagiada’, and outlining that they are against demonstrations taking place in 2021, showing the hypocrisy of the right-wing politicians. The article outlines that they criticised last year’s rallies but were silent when other demonstrations took place throughout the year.

The tone is formal, and the piece employs many technical terms, which need to be explained in English. There are also idioms, for example, ‘poner el grito’, which posed text-specific problems (Christiane Nord, 1997). The sentence structure varies but primarily, the sentences are long, this made it harder to follow. The article surpassed the word-count of 1,000 words so I had to omit parts. I made this decision based on what I thought was most pertinent to the overall purpose and meaning of the text. The piece is intended for the general Spanish public; however, it assumes a certain level of understanding of feminism and the happenings of 8th  March, Spanish politics, and recent laws, ‘Ley Celaá’. The text covers a range of topics with a subtle message to underscore the politically motivated right -wing responses.

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