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Translation A. ZU ER CH ER R E I C H A R D T University of Missouri Translation is having a moment in early American studies. Long gone is the era of scholarship defined by monoglot British colonialism clinging to the Eastern Seaboard: early America has become the study of various Euro- pean, Indigenous, and African peoples, societies, and structures, a dynamic field concerned with the interactions of diverse—notably linguistically diverse—people across the breadth of the continent and the Atlantic world. Methodological and conceptual shifts toward studies of networks and com- munication, and toward questions of comparison and entanglement, have further pushed our migration beyond the strict confines of anglophone soci- eties and material texts. Yet, for all its importance in early America, translation is not so simple a keyword to define. For the purpose of this essay, translation denotes, broadly (1) the process of communicating or attempting to communicate the mean- ing of a source-language text by means of a target-language text, and (2) the material text produced by this process. This essay does not offer an assessment of the field of translation studies but, rather, takes stock of how scholars of early America have approached historical instances http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal University of Pennsylvania Press

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2008 The McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
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1559-0895

Abstract

A. ZU ER CH ER R E I C H A R D T University of Missouri Translation is having a moment in early American studies. Long gone is the era of scholarship defined by monoglot British colonialism clinging to the Eastern Seaboard: early America has become the study of various Euro- pean, Indigenous, and African peoples, societies, and structures, a dynamic field concerned with the interactions of diverse—notably linguistically diverse—people across the breadth of the continent and the Atlantic world. Methodological and conceptual shifts toward studies of networks and com- munication, and toward questions of comparison and entanglement, have further pushed our migration beyond the strict confines of anglophone soci- eties and material texts. Yet, for all its importance in early America, translation is not so simple a keyword to define. For the purpose of this essay, translation denotes, broadly (1) the process of communicating or attempting to communicate the mean- ing of a source-language text by means of a target-language text, and (2) the material text produced by this process. This essay does not offer an assessment of the field of translation studies but, rather, takes stock of how scholars of early America have approached historical instances

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Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Nov 5, 2018

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