Cultural Translation in Early Modern Europe by Peter Burke, R. Po-chia Hsia

By Peter Burke, R. Po-chia Hsia

This groundbreaking quantity gathers a global crew of historians to provide the perform of translation as a part of cultural historical past. even if translation is relevant to the transmission of principles, the historical past of translation has commonly been overlooked by way of historians, who've left it to experts in literature and language. This e-book seeks to accomplish an realizing of the contribution of translation to the unfold of data in early glossy Europe. It specializes in non-fiction: the interpretation of books on faith, heritage, politics and particularly on technology, or 'natural philosophy', because it used to be regularly identified at the moment. The chapters conceal a variety of languages, together with Latin, Greek, Russian, Turkish and chinese language. The ebook will attract students and scholars of the early smooth and later sessions, to historians of technology and of faith, in addition to to someone attracted to translation reviews.

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3 The most important theological work to be translated 2 Bibliothe`que de France (BF), Chinois 6756. 3 Standaert (2002), 616. Text in BF Chinois 7345. The Catholic mission and translations in China 41 were parts of Aquinas’s Summa theologica, which we will discuss in detail in a later section. In addition to works introducing the lives of the Virgin Mary and Joseph (the patron saint of China), Jesuits also published a Saints’ Life and separate lives of St Josephat, St Jan Nepomuk, St Francis Borgia, St Francis Xavier, St Stanislas Kostka and St Aloysius Gonzaga.

On ‘translation tactics’, Lefevere (1992), 97–108. 63 Translation theory is not new, even though it is currently enjoying a massive revival. 65 Debates revolved around the distinction between translating word for word – often denounced as ‘slavery’, ‘servility’ or ‘superstition’ – and translating the sense of a given text. 69 In England, Florio’s preface to his Montaigne lamented that ‘The Tuscan altiloquence . . ’ The variety of terms employed in different languages in the early modern period to describe the practice that we know as translation is worth noting 63 65 66 69 Bourdieu (1972).

Chinese translation by Matteo Ricci and Li Zhizao: Tongwen suanzhi, 1614. Christophorus Clavius, In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius, 1570. Chinese translation by Matteo Ricci and Li Zhizao: Yuanrong jiaoyi, 1614. John Napier (1550–1617), Rabdologiae, seu numerationis per virgula libri duo, 1617. Chinese translation by Giacomo Rho and Adam Schall: Chousuan, 1628. Galileo Galilei, Le operazioni del compasso geometrico e militare, 1606. Chinese translation by Giacomo Rho and Adam Schall: Biligui jie, 1630.

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