The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English : Volume 1: To 1550

The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English : Volume 1: To 1550

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THE OXFORD HISTORY OF LITERARY TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH

General Editors: Peter France and Stuart Gillespie

This groundbreaking five-volume history runs from the Middle Ages to the year 2000. It is a critical history, treating translations wherever appropriate as literary works in their own right, and reveals the vital part played by translators and translation in shaping the literary culture of the English-speaking world, both for writers and readers. It thus offers new and often challenging perspectives on the history of literature in English. As well as examining the translations and their wider
impact, it explores the processes by which they came into being and were disseminated, and provides extensive bibliographical and biographical reference material.

Volume 1 of The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English originates with what medievalists have long known, that virtually everything written in the Middle Ages in English can be regarded, one way or another, as a translation, and that medieval understandings of what constitutes literature were significantly more generous than many modern ones. It uses modern as well as medieval understandings of translation to inform its discussions (the two understandings have a great deal
in common), and it aims to situate medieval translation in English as fully as possible in its various cultural contexts: this includes, in particular, the complicated inter-relations of translation throughout the period into Latin, and (for the Middle English period) of translation in French. Since it also
understands the Middle Ages of its title as including the first half of the sixteenth century, it studies what has survived of nearly a thousand years of translation activity in England.


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Details

Author(s)
Roger Ellis
Format
Hardback | 496 pages
Dimensions
162 x 242 x 40mm | 892g
Publication date
15 May 2008
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
0199246203
ISBN13
9780199246205
Bestsellers rank
1,915,362