Translating Italy for the Eighteenth Century: British Women, Translation and Travel Writing (1739-1797)
Routledge, 08.04.2014 - 178 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.
Ergebnisse 1-5 von 26
... Age of Sensibility 11 1.3 The Rise of the Idea of the Nation in Eighteenth-Century Britain 19 1.4 The Female Gothic: The Italy of Ann Radcliffe 24 2.
... creation of a fictional British society disguised as Italian, inhabited by modern individuals who define themselves in terms of gendered sensibility. 1.
Post-1740 women writers were shaping, as well as being shaped by, the literary discourses of the age of sensibility. However, it is not my intention to ...
ideology commonly defined as sensibility had become established in Britain. In order to demonstrate the superiority of the novel over previous fictional ...
The third Earl of Shaftesbury was one of the main influences behind the reaction against individualism implicit in the cult of sensibility.
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
2 Female Translators in the Eighteenth Century The Role of Women as Literary Innovators ...
3 Elizabeth Carters Translation of Algarottis Newtonianismo per le Dame Female Learning and Feminist Cultural Appropriation ...
4 EighteenthCentury Travel Writing Constructing Images of the Other
5 Hester Piozzis Appropriation of the Image of Italy Gender and the Nation