Rethinking Medieval Translation: Ethics, Politics, Theory

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"Engaging and informative to read, challenging in its assertions, and provocative in the best way, inviting the reader to sift, correlate and reflect on the broader applicability of points made in reference to a specific text or exchange." Professor Carolyne P. Collette, Mount Holyoke College. Medieval notions of translatio raise issues that have since been debated in contemporary translation studies concerning the translator's role as interpreter or author; the ability of translation to reinforce or unsettle linguistic or political dominance; ...

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Overview

"Engaging and informative to read, challenging in its assertions, and provocative in the best way, inviting the reader to sift, correlate and reflect on the broader applicability of points made in reference to a specific text or exchange." Professor Carolyne P. Collette, Mount Holyoke College. Medieval notions of translatio raise issues that have since been debated in contemporary translation studies concerning the translator's role as interpreter or author; the ability of translation to reinforce or unsettle linguistic or political dominance; and translation's capacity for establishing cultural contact, or participating in cultural appropriation or effacement. This collection puts these ethical and political issues centre stage, asking whether questions currently being posed by theorists of translation need rethinking or revising when brought into dialogue with medieval examples. Contributors explore translation - as a practice, a necessity, an impossibility and a multi-media form - through multiple perspectives on language, theory, dissemination and cultural transmission. Exploring texts, authors, languages and genres not often brought together in a single volume, individual essays focus on topics such as the politics of multilingualism, the role of translation in conflict situations, the translator's invisibility, hospitality, untranslatability and the limits of translation as a category. Emma Campbell is Associate Professor in French at the University of Warwick; Robert Mills is Lecturer in History of Art at University College London. Contributors: William Burgwinkle, Ardis Butterfield, Emma Campbell, Marilynn Desmond, Simon Gaunt, Jane Gilbert, Miranda Griffin, Noah D. Guynn, Catherine Léglu, Robert Mills, Zrinka Stahuljak, Luke Sunderland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843843290
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xii

Introduction: Rethinking Medieval Translation Emma Campbell Robert Mills 1

1 On Not Knowing Greek: Leonzio Pilatus's Rendition of the Iliad and the Translatio of Mediterranean Identities Marilynn Desmond 21

2 Translation and Transformation in the Ovide moralisé Miranda Griffin 41

3 Translating Lucretia: Word, Image and 'Ethical Non-Indifference' in Simon de Hesdin's Translation of Valerius Maximus's Facta et dicta memorabilia Catherine Léglu 61

4 Translating Catharsis: Aristotle and Averroës, the Scholastics and the Basochiens Noah D. Guynn 84

5 The Ethics of Translatio in Rutebeuf's Miracle de Théophile Emma Campbell 107

6 Invisible Translation, Language Difference and the Scandal of Becket's Mother Robert Mills 125

7 Medieval Fixers: Politics of Interpreting in Western Historiography Zrinka Stahuljak 147

8 The Task of the Dérimeur: Benjamin and Translation into Prose in Fifteenth-Century French Literature Jane Gilbert 164

9 The Translator as Interpretant: Passing in/on the Work of Ramon Llull William Burgwinkle 184

10 Rough Translation: Charles d'Orléans, Lydgate and Hoccleve Ardis Butterfield 204

11 Bueve d'Hantone/Bovo d'Antona: Exile, Translation and the History of the Chanson de geste Luke Sunderland 226

Untranslatable: A Response Simon Gaunt 243

Bibliography 257

Index 285

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