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Author Cornish, Alison, 1963-

Title Vernacular translation in Dante's Italy : illiterate literature / Alison Cornish
Published Cambridge ;; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 274 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ;; 83
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ;; 83
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction;; 1. Dressing down the Muses: the anxiety of volgarizzamento;; 2. The authorship of readers;; 3. Cultural ricochet: French to Italian and back again;; 4. Translation as miracle: illiterate learning and religious translation;; 5. The treasure of the translator: Dante and Brunetto;; 6. A new life for translation: volgarizzamento after Humanism
Summary "Translation and commentary are often associated with institutions and patronage;; but in Italy around the time of Dante, widespread vernacular translation was mostly on the spontaneous initiative of individuals. While Dante is usually the starting point for histories of vernacular translation in Europe, this book demonstrates that The Divine Comedy places itself in opposition to a vast vernacular literature already in circulation among its readers. Alison Cornish explores the anxiety of vernacularization as expressed by translators and contemporary authors, the prevalence of translation in religious experience, the role of scribal mediation, the influence of the Italian reception of French literature on that literature, and how translating into the vernacular became a project of nation-building only after its virtual demise during the Humanist period. Vernacular translation was a phenomenon with which all authors in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Europe - from Brunetto Latini to Giovanni Boccaccio - had to contend";-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-262) and index
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Subject Humanism in literature.
Italian literature -- History and criticism.
Language and culture -- Europe.
Translating and interpreting -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 1268-1559.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511992769 (electronic bk.)
9780511992766 (electronic bk.)