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Printers without Borders
Translation and Textuality in the Renaissance

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107073173

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  • This innovative study shows how printing and translation transformed English literary culture in the Renaissance. Focusing on the century after Caxton brought the press to England in 1476, Coldiron illustrates the foundational place of foreign, especially French language, materials. The book reveals unexpected foreign connections between works as different as Caxton's first printed translations, several editions of Book of the Courtier, sixteenth-century multilingual poetry, and a royal Armada broadside. Demonstrating a new way of writing literary history beyond source-influence models, the author treats the patterns and processes of translation and printing as co-transformations. This provocative book will interest scholars and advanced students of book history, translation studies, comparative literature and Renaissance literature.

    • Combines textual and translation studies to illuminate the Renaissance more fully
    • Features ten case studies with detailed analysis of printed translations between 1473 and 1588
    • Considers a broad range of sub-topics, including William Caxton's work, Armada literature and poetry, multilingual printing and the printer John Wolfe
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Anne Coldiron demonstrates a remarkable interdisciplinary range, with literary, historical, philological and bibliographical readings of texts and evidence deftly woven together. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the transmission of early modern literature and culture, the history of books and printing, and the role of knowledge technologies in early transnationalism."
    Alan Galey, University of Toronto

    "Anne Coldiron possesses an unusual combination of gifts and a rare intellectual bite. This is an important book, with implications that reach well beyond much work in the new field of the material text, cultural history, or, indeed much of what we thought we knew about how texts travel."
    Ruth Morse, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)

    "Printers without Borders is lucidly written, beautifully shaped, and contains at its core a highly compelling argument. It will be of interest to scholars of the medieval and early modern periods, offering yet another reminder that we should continue to think across this divide, and to think very widely about the role and function of authorship itself."
    Hannah Crawforth, The Spenser Review

    'Printers without Borders is an impressive and learned work of scholarship. At once witty and deeply thought, its thesis carries far-reaching implications that impinge upon material textual and translation studies as well as wider issues in canon formation and the nature of the literary Renaissance itself. It must be read by any one interested in these topics.' Mark Rankin, The Library

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107073173
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Englishing' texts: patterns of early modern translation and transmission
    2. Caxton, translation, and the Renaissance reprint culture
    3: 'Bastard Allone': radiant translation and the status of English letters
    4. Compressed transnationalism: John Wolfe's trilingual Courtier
    5. The world on one page: an octolingual Armada broadside
    6. Macaronic verse, plurilingual printing, and the uses of translation

  • Author

    A. E. B. Coldiron, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    A. E. B. Coldiron is Professor of English and History of Text Technologies and affiliated faculty in French at Florida State University. She is the author of Canon, Period, and the Poetry of Charles of Orleans: Found in Translation (2000) and English Printing, Verse Translation, and the Battle of the Sexes, 1476–1557 (2009). She has also published numerous articles on translation, Renaissance literature, print culture and poetics. She serves on the board of directors of SHARP and on the editorial board of the MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations.

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