CTIS Seminar: Evangelising 19th-Century Italy? Translation and the Transnational Migration of Cheap Religious Tracts
|Starts:||14:00 14 Mar 2019|
|Ends:||15:30 14 Mar 2019|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Translation scholars have so far studied religious texts largely in relation to the transnationalisation of the Scriptures in the traditional book format. Religious publishing, however, extends to other, more ephemeral publications. The focus of my paper is on Protestant tracts, which proliferated throughout the nineteenth century in connection with the Evangelical Revival. The paper first describes the material, contextual and transnational characteristics of these publications. Then it moves on to examine the cultural and social impact of translated tracts in relation to the Italian Catholic context. While providing a bibliographical and historiographical analysis of translated Protestant tracts in Italy, the paper calls for more inclusive representations of cheap ephemeral literature within translation studies.
Organisation: University of Bristol
Biography: Alice Colombo teaches Italian language at the University of Bristol and supervises dissertations on the MA in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She spent two years (Sept 2015–Aug 2017) as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, NUI Galway, working on the project “The Cross-Cultural Mobility of Cheap Print: British Chapbooks in Italy, 1800–1850”. Alice is further researching the transnational dimension of street literature in nineteenth-century Italy, combining translation studies and book history. She also extensively explored the British and Italian trajectories of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in her PhD thesis “Reworkings in the Textual History of Gulliver's Travels: A Translational Approach”. She has published on the relationship between translation and book illustration in Word and Image and on translation of street literature in nineteenth-century Italy in Translation Studies.
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