Translators Through History

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Jean Delisle, Judith Woodsworth
John Benjamins Publishing, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
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Acclaimed, when it first appeared, as a seminal work a groundbreaking book that was both informative and highly readable Translators through History is being released in a new edition, substantially revised and expanded by Judith Woodsworth. Translators have played a key role in intellectual exchange through the ages and across borders. This account of how they have contributed to the development of languages, the emergence of literatures, the dissemination of knowledge and the spread of values tells the story of world culture itself.
Content has been updated, new elements introduced and recent directions in translation scholarship incorporated, providing fresh insights and a more nuanced view of past events. The bibliography contains over 100 new titles and illustrations have been refreshed and enhanced.
An invaluable tool for students, scholars and professionals in the field of translation, the latest version of Translators through History remains a vital resource for researchers in other disciplines and a fascinating read for the wider public.
 

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Contents

1 Translators and the invention of alphabets
3
2 Translators and the development of national languages
21
3 Translators and the emergence of national literatures
61
4 Translators and the dissemination of knowledge
95
5 Translators and the reins of power
127
6 Translators and the spread of religions
153
7 Translators and the transmission of cultural values
187
8 Translators and the production of dictionaries
223
9 Interpreters and the making of history
247
Appendix I Description of illustrations
285
Appendix II Contributors translators and proofreaders
291
Works cited
297
Index of names
323
About the authors
337
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