Translating Italy for the Eighteenth Century: Women, Translation, and Travel Writing, 1739-1797
St. Jerome Pub., 2002 - 169 Seiten
Translating Italy in the Eighteenth Century offers a historical analysis of the role played by translation in that complex redefinition of women's writing that was taking place in Britain in the second half of the eighteenth century. It investigates the ways in which women writers managed to appropriate images of Italy and adapt them to their own purposes in a period which covers the 'moral turn' in women's writing in the 1740s and foreshadows the Romantic interest in Italy at the end of the century.
A brief survey of translations produced by women in the period 1730-1799 provides an overview of the genres favoured by women translators, such as the moral novel, sentimental play and a type of conduct literature of a distinctively 'proto-feminist' character. Elizabeth Carter's translation of Francesco Algarotti's II Newtonianesimo per le Dame (1739) is one of the best examples of the latter kind of texts. A close reading of the English translation indicates a 'proto-feminist' exploitation of the myth of Italian women's cultural prestige.
Another genre increasingly accessible to women, namely travel writing, confirms this female interest in Italy. Female travellers who visited Italy in the second half of the century, such as Hester Piozzi, observed the state of women's education through the lenses provided by Carter. Piozzi's image of Italy, a paradoxical mixture of imagination and realistic observation, became a powerful symbolic source, which enabled the fictional image of a modern, relatively egalitarian British society to take shape.
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The first name on the list was that of Laura Caterina Bassi , who lived in Bologna
and was a “ Professor of Experimental Philosophy , in the University of that City ,
which is better furnished with learned Professors than any other Italian ...
Furthermore , in a few cases they had been given social recognition , as in the
case of Bassi , who occupied a University chair . ... 11 The name of Laura Bassi is
cited only in passing by the original author of Carter's translation ; the translator's
Sophia maintains that some of them had gone so far as to overshadow men in
many areas ; one of the examples cited by Sophia is that of Laura Caterina Bassi
, whose name was not openly mentioned in the pamphlet but who can be easily ...
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Female Translators in the Eighteenth Century
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