Rossiter, William T. ORCID: and Large, Duncan ORCID: (2024) Translation. In: Europe in British Literature and Culture. Cambridge Themes in British Literature and Culture . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 259-274. ISBN 9781009425490

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Before Chaucer became ‘the Father of English Poetry’, the French poet Eustace Deschamps had called him ’Grant translateur’. In fact, Chaucer was the fons et origo of the English poetic tradition precisely because he was the Great Translator, because the history of English literature is also the history of European translation. Beginning with the medieval practice of translatio, whereby source and commentary fused into the new work, this chapter charts the contested views of translation from primary mode of making, to secondary exercise, back to primary production as literary translation reaffirms its centrality to the literary polysystem. It also traces the rise of the professional translator, the evolution of the literary translator, and translation studies as a discipline predicated on the development of translation theory. While Dryden in the seventeenth century could draw crucial distinctions between modes of translation, the development of translation as a formal and theorized practice (exemplified by Schleiermacher in early nineteenth-century Germany) could not be disassociated from the efflorescence of national literatures, pace Goethe, the Romantics, and George Eliot

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Uncontrolled Keywords: translation,geoffrey chaucer,sir john harington,john dryden,friedrich schleiermacher,johann wolfgang von goethe,romantics,george eliot,translation studies,3* ,/dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/REFrank/3_
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups:
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > British Centre for Literary Translation Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Medieval and Early Modern Research Group
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2024 08:30
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 08:30
DOI: 10.1017/9781009425483.021

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