English Translation and Classical Reception: Towards a New Literary History
February 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- The first book-length study of English translation as a topic in classical reception
- Draws on the author’s exhaustive knowledge of English literary translation from the early Renaissance to the present
- Argues for a remapping of English literary history which would take proper account of the currently neglected history of classical translation, from Chaucer to the present
- Offers a widely ranging chronological analysis of English translation from ancient literatures
- Previously little-known, unknown, and sometimes suppressed translated texts are recovered from manuscripts and explored in terms of their implications for English literary history and for the interpretation of classical literature
Note on Texts.
1. Making the Classics Belong: A Historical Introduction.
2. Creative Translation.
3. English Renaissance Poets and the Translating Tradition.
4. Two-Way Reception: Shakespeare’s Influence on Plutarch.
5. Transformative Translation: Dryden’s Horatian Ode.
6. Statius and the Aesthetics of Eighteenth-Century Poetry.
7. Classical Translation and the Formation of the English Literary Canon.
8. Evidence for an Alternative History: Manuscript Translations of the Long Eighteenth Century.
9. Receiving Wordsworth, Receiving Juvenal: Wordsworth’s Suppressed Eighth Satire.
10. The Persistence of Translations: Lucretius in the Nineteenth Century.
11. ‘Oddity and struggling dumbness’: Ted Hughes’s Homer.
Index of Ancient Authors and Passages.
“Taken together, the various case studies of the book express an energetic engagement with the rich inheritance of classical literature and its complex role in and through English translation.” (CJ-Online, 5 September 2012)
“This bold book is a welcome challenge to sacred tenets of English literary history. Gillespie brilliantly and rigorously forces us to face the inconvenient truth of the role of classical translation in English literature.”
Susanna Braund, University of British Columbia
“We have long needed this meta-history explaining the canon of literary translations and its strategic omissions. Gillespie’s magisterial survey gives the pleasure of a conspective view clearly expressed.”
Alastair Fowler, University of Edinburgh
“An inspiring and astringent polemic on behalf of translation, the creative carriage into English of Homer, Virgil, Lucretius and others, and its vitalizing effect on literary tradition.”
Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge
“These carefully crafted studies by a leading expert in translation studies collectively make an overwhelming case for the centrality of literary translation in the history both of English literature and of the reception of classical antiquity.”
Philip Hardie, Trinity College, Cambridge
“A brilliant guide to the major issues that drive translation studies, equally illuminating on both lost or neglected works and on some of the most familiar masterpieces, ancient and modern.”
Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania