Translating the Middle Ages

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Dr Charles D Wright, Dr Karen L Fresco
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
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Drawing on approaches from literary studies, history, linguistics, and art history, and ranging from Late Antiquity to the sixteenth century, this collection views 'translation' broadly as the adaptation and transmission of cultural inheritance. The essays explore translation in a variety of sources from manuscript to print culture and the creation of lexical databases. Several essays look at the practice of textual translation across languages, including the vernacularization of Latin literature in England, France, and Italy; the translation of Greek and Hebrew scientific terms into Arabic; and the use of Hebrew terms in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim polemics. Other essays examine medieval translators' views and performance of translation, looking at Lydgate's translation of Greek myths through mental images rendered through rhetorical figures or at how printing transformed the rhetoric of intervernacular translation of chivalric romances. This collection also demonstrates translation as a key element in the construction of cultural and political identity in the Fet des Romains and Chester Whitsun Plays, and in the papacy's efforts to compete with Byzantium by controlling the translation of Greek writings.

 

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Contents

List ofFigures
Whats in a Word?
AlSharīf alIdrīsī on the Plant
Part3 Translation in Italy
7Traces ofthe Translators in Late Medieval Italian
AlisonCornish Part 4 Translations of Antiquity and of the Romance
Translation
Part 5Translations and Religious and Political
Greek at the Papal Court During the Middle Ages
Bibliography
Index
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Karen L. Fresco is Associate Professor of French, Medieval Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Charles D. Wright is Professor of English, Director of the Program in Medieval Studies, and Editor of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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