Travel and Translation in the Early Modern Period


Travel and Translation in the Early Modern Period

Carmine G. Di Biase 2006

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The relationship between travel and translation might seem obvious at first, but to study it in earnest is to discover that it is at once intriguing and elusive. Of course, travelers translate in order to make sense of their new surroundings; sometimes they must translate in order to put food on the table. The relationship between these two human compulsions, however, goes much deeper than this. What gets translated, it seems, is not merely the written or the spoken word, but the very identity of the traveler. These seventeen essays-which treat not only such well-known figures as Martin Luther, Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Milton, but also such lesser known figures as Konrad Grunemberg, Leo Africanus, and Garcilaso de la Vega-constitute the first survey of how this relationship manifests itself in the early modern period. As such, it should be of interest both to scholars who are studying theories of translation and to those who are studying “hodoeporics”, or travel and the literature of travel.


“…this volume is an excellent first attempt to map out some aspects of the frequent interaction between travel and translation, as well as a stimulus for further investigations in the same and related fields.”

in: The Translator, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2006

“…stimulating collection of new essays…”

in: Annali d’Italianistica, Vol. 24, 2006

“…the editor has done an excellent job in assuring a uniform style for the volume, which as a whole complements a wealth of bibliographical detail with a useful index. Covering major and neglected figures, the book offers a good point of reference and fresh insights into a wider debate-in-progress in translation…”

in: Renaissance Quarterly, 2006

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