Translating Travel: Contemporary Italian Travel Writing in English Translation

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"Translating Travel examines the relationship between travel writing and translation, asking what happens when books travel beyond the narrow confines of one genre, one literary system and one culture. The volume takes as its starting point the marginal position of contemporary Italian travel writing in the Italian literary system, and proposes a comparative reading of originals and translations designed to highlight the varying reception of texts in different cultures." Two main themes in the book are the affinity between the representations produced by travel and the practices of translation, and the complex links between travel writing and genres such as ethnography, journalism, autobiography and fiction. Individual chapters are devoted to Italian travellers' accounts of Tibet and their English translations; the hybridization of journalism and travel writing in the works of Oriana Fallaci; Italo Calvino's sublimation of travel writing in the stylized fiction of Le citta invisibili; and the complex network of literary references which marked the reception of Claudio Magris's Danubio in different cultures.
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Polezzi (Italian studies, U. of Warwick, UK) examines the relationship between travel writing and translation, considering the consequences when books move beyond the confines of one genre, literary system, and culture. Looking at the marginal position of contemporary Italian travel writing within the Italian literary system, she proposes a comparative reading of originals and translations to highlight the varying reception of texts in different cultures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754602736
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Studies in European Cultural Transition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Paradox of Absence 1
1 The Case for Italian Travel Writing 7
2 Travel Writing in Translation 54
3 Travel and/as Translation 77
4 Rewriting Tibet: Italian Travellers in English Translation 114
5 Crossing Borders and Exploiting Hybridity: Language, Gender and Genre in the Works of Oriana Fallaci 137
6 Jumping Genres: Italo Calvino and the Question of Literariness 164
7 Different Journeys along the River: Claudio Magris's Danubio and its Translation 184
Conclusions: A Question of Distance 206
Bibliography 214
Index 241
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