Folger Institute


Programs, 2010-2011

Translation: Theory, Practice, History

Spring Conference

Translation was a primary mode of cultural transmission in early modern Europe. Over the last decade, the concept of translation has expanded to encompass not only linguistic translation, but what has come to be called cultural translation, and work on translation has greatly enriched early modern literary and historical studies. In response to these exciting developments, this conference will encompass early modern translation theory, competing vernaculars, the transmission of classical culture, translation and gender, translation and empire, the translation of sacred texts (including the reception of the Koran in Late Christendom), and two case studies focusing on Ovid and Cervantes.

Organizers: Karen Newman (Brown University) and Jane Tylus (New York University), with Kathleen Lynch (Folger Institute).

Speakers: Peter Burke (Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge) and Margaret Ferguson (University of California, Davis) will deliver plenary addresses. Additional speakers will include Anston Bosman (Amherst College), Thomas E. Burman (University of Tennessee at Knoxville), Gordon Braden (University of Virginia), Anne Coldiron (Florida State University),   Line Cottegnies (University of Paris, III), Barbara Fuchs (UCLA), Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex), Heather James (University of Southern California), Ann Rosalind Jones (Smith College), László Kontler (Central European University, Budapest), Jacques Lezra (New York University), Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia), Naomi Tadmor (University of Sussex), and Michael Wyatt (Stanford University). Papers will address not only issues in the translation of specific texts, but also the translation of genres, traditions, and cultures within and beyond Europe.

Schedule: All day, Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 March 2011.

Apply: 7 January 2011 for admission and grants-in-aid. A proposal to extend grants-in-aid to non-consortium scholars is pending; information will be posted on the Institute’s website as it becomes available. Information on associated fees forthcoming.

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