Translation and Geography

Translation and Geography : Negotiation and Transmediation of Western Spatial Imaginations

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Translation and Geography investigates how translation has radically shaped the way the West has mapped the world.

Groundbreaking in its approach and relevant across a range of disciplines from translation studies and comparative literature to geography and history, this book makes a compelling case for a form of cultural translation that reframes the contributions of language-based translation analysis.

Focusing on the different yet intertwined translation processes involved in the development of the Western spatial imaginary, Federico Italiano examines a series of literary works and their translations across languages, media, and epochs, encompassing:


travel narratives

nautical fictions

colonial discourse

exilic visions.

Drawing on case studies and readings ranging from the Latin of the Middle Ages to twentieth-century Latin American poetry, this is key reading for translation theory and comparative/world literature courses.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 10.16mm | 295g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Italian
  • 1138828912
  • 9781138828919
  • 2,359,989

Table of contents


Orientation: An Introduction

Navegar ver ponente:

The Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis and its Venetian Translation

Translating the Map:

Carticity and Transmediation in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso

Translating the Territory:

Cabeza de Vaca's Naufragios

The Fiction of Translation:

Abbe Prevost's Nautical Writing

Translating the Sea:

Jules Verne, Nemo and Nineteenth-Century Oceanography

Translational Mimesis:

Tabucchi, the Azores and Cartographic Writing

The Redress of (Self)Translation:

Juan Gelman's Dibaxu and the Cartography of Sepharad



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Review quote

`Let's orient translation studies! This is what this intriguing study allows us to do in offering a rich compendium of terms and concepts for navigating the cartographic imagination in translation studies. Essential reading for those working and teaching in geopolitics and the transdisciplinary humanities.' Emily Apter, New York University, USA
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About Federico Italiano

Federico Italiano is a senior research associate at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a lecturer in comparative literature at the Universiy of Munich (LMU). He is the author of Between Honey and Stone: Aspects of Geopoetics in Montale and Celan (2009, in Italian) and co-editor of several volumes including Translatio/n: Narration, Media and the Staging of Differences (with Michael Roessner, 2012) and The Disclosure of Light: Contemporary Italian Poetry (with Michael Kruger, 2013, in German).
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