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Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800$
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Julie Candler Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759441

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759441.001.0001

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Transmigration, Transmutation, and Exile

Transmigration, Transmutation, and Exile

(p.62) Chapter 2 Transmigration, Transmutation, and Exile
Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800
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In the early seventeenth century, translations from the classics proliferated in England. Of particular interest were verse translations by a group of Royalist supporters who spent years of exile on the Continent during the Civil War and Interregnum. This group was led by John Denham and also included Richard Fanshawe, Abraham Cowley, Edward Sherburne, and Edmund Waller. By looking at only a small sampling of English translators from the decades before the Civil War, it is clear that a number of the features identified with neoclassical translation are already present. This chapter explores the role of translation for the Carolinian exiles, the relationship between translation and politics, and conflicting efforts to shape collective memory in the aftermath of the Civil War in Britain. It analyzes the single most widely cited English commentary on the art of translation: the 1684 Essay on Translated Verse by Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon. It also discusses the progressive consolidation of the English neoclassical translation canon, which presumably attained its full form in John Dryden's preface to Ovid's Epistles (1680).

Keywords:   translation, Britain, Civil War, John Denham, translators, exiles, politics, Essay on Translated Verse, Wentworth Dillon, neoclassical translation

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