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"Would there have been a Renaissance without translation?" Karen Newman and Jane Tylus ask in their Introduction to this wide-ranging group of essays on the uses of translation in an era formative for the modern age. The early modern period saw cross-cultural translation on a massive scale. Humanists negotiated status by means of their literary skills as translators of culturally prestigious Greek and Latin texts, as teachers of those same languages, and as purveyors of the new technologies for the dissemination of writing. Indeed, with the emergence of new vernaculars and new literatures came a sense of the necessary interactions of languages in a moment that can truly be defined as "after Babel."

As they take their starting point from a wide range of primary sources—the poems of Louise Labé, the first Catalan dictionary, early printed versions of the Ptolemy world map, the King James Bible, and Roger Williams's Key to the Language of America—the contributors to this volume provide a sense of the political, religious, and cultural stakes for translators, their patrons, and their readers. They also vividly show how the very instabilities engendered by unprecedented linguistic and technological change resulted in a far more capacious understanding of translation than what we have today.

A genuinely interdisciplinary volume, Early Modern Cultures of Translation looks both east and west while at the same time telling a story that continues to the present about the slow, uncertain rise of English as a major European and, eventually, world language.

Contributors: Gordon Braden, Peter Burke, Anne Coldiron, Line Cottegnies, Margaret Ferguson, Edith Grossman, Ann Rosalind Jones, Lázló Kontler, Jacques Lezra, Carla Nappi, Karen Newman, Katharina N. Piechocki, Sarah Rivett, Naomi Tadmor, Jane Tylus

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Karen Newman, Jane Tylus
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 1. Translating the Language of Architecture
  2. Peter Burke
  3. pp. 25-44
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  1. Chapter 2. Translating the Rest of Ovid: The Exile Poems
  2. Gordon Braden
  3. pp. 45-55
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  1. Chapter 3. Macaronic Verse, Plurilingual Printing, and the Uses of Translation
  2. A. E. B. Coldiron
  3. pp. 56-75
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  1. Chapter 4. Erroneous Mappings: Ptolemy and the Visualization of Europe’s East
  2. Katharina N. Piechocki
  3. pp. 76-96
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  1. Chapter 5. Taking Out the Women: Louise Labé’s Folie in Robert Greene’s Translation
  2. Ann Rosalind Jones
  3. pp. 97-116
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  1. Chapter 6. Translation and Homeland Insecurity in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew: An Experiment in Unsafe Reading
  2. Margaret Ferguson
  3. pp. 117-152
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  1. Chapter 7. On Contingency in Translation
  2. Jacques Lezra
  3. pp. 153-174
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  1. Chapter 8. The Social and Cultural Translation of the Hebrew Bible in Early Modern England: Reflections, Working Principles, and Examples
  2. Naomi Tadmor
  3. pp. 175-188
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  1. Chapter 9. Conversion, Communication, and Translation in the Seventeenth-Century Protestant Atlantic
  2. Sarah Rivett
  3. pp. 189-205
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  1. Chapter 10. Full. Empty. Stop. Go.: Translating Miscellany in Early Modern China
  2. Carla Nappi
  3. pp. 206-220
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  1. Chapter 11. Katherine Philips’s Pompey (1663); or the Importance of Being a Translator
  2. Line Cottegnies
  3. pp. 221-235
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  1. Chapter 12. Translating Scottish Stadial History: William Robertson in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany
  2. László Kontler
  3. pp. 236-249
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  1. Coda: Translating Cervantes Today
  2. Edith Grossman
  3. pp. 250-264
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-336
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 337-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-356
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 357-358
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812291803
Related ISBN
9780812247404
MARC Record
OCLC
914434952
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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