The Translation of Religious Texts in the Middle Ages: Tracts and Rules, Hymns and Saints' Lives

The Translation of Religious Texts in the Middle Ages: Tracts and Rules, Hymns and Saints' Lives

by Domenico Pezzini
     
 

ISBN-10: 3039116002

ISBN-13: 9783039116003

Pub. Date: 06/06/2008

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

The transition from Latin to vernacular languages in the late Middle Ages and the dramatic rise of a new readership produced a huge bulk of translations, particularly of religious literature in its various genres. The solutions are so multifarious that they defy any attempt to outline general theories. This is particularly visible when the same text is translated

Overview

The transition from Latin to vernacular languages in the late Middle Ages and the dramatic rise of a new readership produced a huge bulk of translations, particularly of religious literature in its various genres. The solutions are so multifarious that they defy any attempt to outline general theories. This is particularly visible when the same text is translated or rewritten at different times and in different languages or genres.
Through a minute analysis of texts this book aims at highlighting lexical, syntactic and stylistic choices dictated not only by the source but also by new readers and patrons, or by new destinations of the works. Established categories such as ‘literalness’ and ‘fidelity’ are thus questioned and integrated with these other factors which, while being more ‘external’, do nonetheless impinge on the very idea of ‘translation’, and consequently on its assessment. Far from being a mere transfer from one language to another, a medieval translation verges on a form of creative writing, and as such its study becomes a fascinating investigation into the very process of textual production.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783039116003
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/06/2008
Series:
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication Series, #69
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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