Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 10, 2005 - Literary Collections - 298 pages
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This collection of original essays is dedicated to exploring the intersections between medieval and postcolonial studies. Ranging across a variety of academic disciplines, from art history to cartography, and from Anglo-Saxon to Hispanic studies, this volume highlights the connections between medieval and postcolonial studies through the exploration of a theme common to both areas of study: translation as a mechanism of and metaphor for cultures in contact, confrontation and competition. Drawing upon the widespread medieval trope of the translation of empire and culture, this collection engages the concept of translation from its most narrow, lexicographic sense, to the broader applications of its literal meaning, to carry across. It carries the multilingual, multicultural realities of medieval studies to postcolonial analyses of the coercive and subversive powers of cultural translation, offering a set of case studies of translation as the transfer of language, culture and power.

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a return to wonder
visual imagery of
AngloSaxon England and the postcolonial void
Mapping the ends of empire
the postcolonial Beowulf from Heorot
bodies and boundaries
Gowers monster
imperial Rome medieval
the colonial formation
The protocolonial baroque of La Celestina
pre and postcolonial

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Dr Ananya Jahanara Kabir is currently Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. She was the recipient of a Radhakrishnan Scholarship to Oxford, an External Research Studentship to Trinity College Cambridge, an Honorary Scholarship and Life Fellowship of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, the Turville Petre Prize for Old Norse (Oxford) and the Dorothy Whitelock Studentship (Cambridge). Several articles on medieval and postcolonial subjects (as well as on their theoretical intersections) are forthcoming in academic journals such as Studies in Philology, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, Archiv fur das Studium der neuren Sprachen und Literaturen, The Upstart Crow, Interventions, and edited collections of essays.

Deanne Williams is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, York University, Toronto.