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Overview

In AD 629, a Chinese monk named Xuan Zang set out for India on a quest for sacred texts. He returned with a caravan of twenty-two horses bearing Buddhist treasures and spent the last twenty years of his life in the “Great Wild Goose Pagoda”, in present-day Xi’an, translating the Sanskrit manuscripts into Chinese with a team of collaborators.
In the twelfth century, scholars came to Spain from all over Europe seeking knowledge that had been transmitted from the Arab world. Their names tell the story: Adelard of Bath, Hermann of Dalmatia, Plato of Tivoli. Among them was Robert of Chester (or Robert of Kent), who was part of an elaborate team that translated documents on Islam and the Koran itself.
Doña Marina, also called la Malinche, was a crucial link between Cortés and native peoples he set out to convert and conquer in sixteenth-century Mexico. One of the conquistador’s “tongues” or interpreters, she was also the mother of his son. She has been an ambivalent figure in the history of the new world, her own history having been rewritten in different ways over the centuries.
James Evans, an Englishman sent to evangelize and educate the natives of western Canada during the nineteenth century, invented a writing system in order to translate and transcribe religious texts. Known as “the man who made birchbark talk”, he even succeeded in printing a number of pamphlets, using crude type fashioned out of lead from the lining of tea chests and ink made from a mixture of soot and sturgeon oil. A jackpress used by traders to pack furs served as a press.
These are just some of the stories told in Translators through History, published under the auspices of the International Federation of Translators (FIT). Over seventy people have been involved in this project — as principal authors, contributors or translators and proofreaders. The participants come from some twenty countries, reflecting the make-up and interests of FIT.
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A survey of translators around the world, organized around nine themes: the invention of alphabets, the development of national languages and literatures, the spread of knowledge and religions, relations with power, the transmission of cultural values, dictionaries, and making history. Nearly 50 contributors worked on the volume under the auspices of the International Federation of Translators. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556196973
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Benjamins Translation Library Series , #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362

Table of Contents

Table of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Translators and the Invention of Alphabets 7
Ch. 2 Translators and the Development of National Languages 25
Ch. 3 Translators and the Emergence of National Literatures 67
Ch. 4 Translators and the Dissemination of Knowledge 101
Ch. 5 Translators and the Reins of Power 131
Ch. 6 Translators and the Spread of Religions 159
Ch. 7 Translators and the Transmission of Cultural Values 191
Ch. 8 Translators and the Writing of Dictionaries 229
Ch. 9 Interpreters and the Making of History 245
Appendix I - Description of Illustrations 281
Appendix II - Contributors, Translators and Proofreaders 289
Works Cited 295
Index of Names 327
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