'Deliver'd at Second Hand'? Mediated Translations in Early Modern Europe: Roundtable

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This roundtable gathers scholars of early modern translation and book culture to investigate the various forms of mediation (textual, linguistic, material, interpretive etc.) that intervene in the production of indirect translations – that is translations based on previous translations – in the early modern period. Traditionally perceived as merely derivative, “second-hand” literary works, indirect translations have been given marginal attention (apart from a few famous examples) in early modern scholarship. Conversely, researchers in Translation Studies have recently started to address this phenomenon and to offer some theoretical and methodological tools towards its study, but with little attention to the early modern period. The objectives of the proposed roundtable are therefore to present some cases of early modern indirect translations, to explore conceptual, archival, and digital resources available to study them, and to highlight the critical relevance of examining the various mediations involved in their production and dissemination.
Period13 Apr 2021
Event titleRSA Virtual 2021 : Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Translation
  • Early modern print culture